futile care

Slouching Towards a Duty to Die

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
November/December 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
6

An article in the New Oxford Review illustrates how " 'a right to die' easily becomes 'a duty to die' once society labels some lives as not worth living." Two case histories were briefly outlined. In one instance, Harold Cybulski, visited by his family while in his hospital bed in Ontario, Canada, wakes up from a coma just as his physicians were about to " 'pull the plug and let him go.' As the grieving family filed in, Cybulski's two-year-old grandson ran ahead crying, 'Grandpa!

A Correspondence with Bioethics Critic, Attorney Wesley J. Smith

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Summer 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
2

March 20, 2002
Dear Mr. Smith,