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Hastings Cent Rep. 2004 Mar-Apr;34(2):30-42.

Enough. The failure of the living will.

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  • 1Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research, Program for Improving Health Care Decisions, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, USA.


In pursuit of the dream that patients' exercise of autonomy could extend beyond their span of competence, living wills have passed from controversy to conventional wisdom, to widely promoted policy. But the policy has not produced results, and should be abandoned.

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