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J Law Med Ethics. 1998 Winter;26(4):308-31, 262.

Criminal act or palliative care? Prosecutions involving the care of the dying.

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Program in Medical Ethics, University of California, San Francisco, USA.

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Author examines criminal investigations and prosecutions of physicians and nurses in connection with their care of dying patients and concludes that the criminal law has failed to protect patients and families and has significant power to deter appropriate pain management for dying patients.

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