If one believes that the prevention of suffering may sometimes justify the withdrawal or withholding of care, then the very fact that Houben was conscious for twenty-three years might call more convincingly for such action.
Searching for health information on the web can feel overwhelming. The power of the Internet is also its limitation--it provides information, but not guidance on how to sort what is credible and what is not.
That a woman consented to use her body as a surrogate was irrelevant, because there are some acts to which nobody is permitted to consent. As well-meaning as this approach might have been, its underpinnings are inescapably sexist.
Dr. Rohack tries to spin the fact that the AMA's failure to achieve their two biggest goals, tort reform and repeal of the SGR formula were in fact victories. He is not including two critical pieces of information.
Senator Coburn claims physician-patient privilege to avoid testifying against Ensign. But this is not a "Get out of Jail Free" card for physicians who acquire knowledge outside of their work as doctors.