<i>Justice defined as fairness</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI:
Justice defined as fairness

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This chapter presents a 1996 commentary on efforts to promote a uniform practice for aggressive resuscitation of marginally-viable infants based on value judgments of policymakers. The rescue principle in medicine holds that the prolongation of life is paramount among all goods. However, it would be preposterous to treat longer life as a good that must be provided at any cost — even one that would make the lives of its people barely worth living.

Keywords: medical practice; neonates; neonatal care; resuscitation

Chapter.  1707 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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