Karen Quinlan: A Sequel

June 1976
National Review;6/25/1976, Vol. 28 Issue 23, p664
This article raises some questions concerning the case of Karen Anne Quinlan, a patient whose respirator was turned off after her family filed a lawsuit questioning the effectiveness of just putting Karen on the respirator if her breathing fails. The court battle is being joined between the doctors and Karen's family. Among the questions raised by the author include the issue of whether there is an ethical difference between putting someone permanently on a life-long machine and keeping him alive by a series of temporary measures.


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