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<i>Preoccupation with ‘autonomy’</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0044
Preoccupation with ‘autonomy’

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This chapter presents a 1997 commentary on neonatal care. Neonatologists often consider themselves as the unbiased protectors of their patients' best interests and assume an advocacy role. A claim is often made that doctors are justified in overriding parents' wishes when making controversial decisions about complex life-prolonging treatment. It argues that this ‘atomist’ view which sees the newborn in isolation must be challenged.

Keywords: medical care; medical practice; neonates; infant care; atomism

Chapter.  1152 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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