Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing: The Impact of Criminal Law Concepts on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2007-04-19
  • Publisher: Routledge-Caven

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This book criticises the way in which the courts rely so exclusively on the criminal concepts of intention and causation in medical end-of-life decision-making. Although they provide the means by which culpability, blameworthiness and liability are ascribed, ascertaining the mens rea and actus reus elements is problematic in the medical scenario where a doctor's role and responsibilities (when a patient dies following the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment or the administration of pain-killing medication) distinguishes him from a 'cold-blooded' murderer.

Table of Contents

Table of casesp. xi
Table of statutesp. xix
Introductionp. 1
The concept of intentionp. 7
The principle of double effectp. 33
Acts and omissionsp. 55
Causationp. 89
Does a patient who refuses treatment commit suicide?p. 113
Does a doctor who withdraws treatment assist in a patient's suicide?p. 143
Reforms and the futurep. 175
Conclusionp. 191
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 211
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