J Med Ethics 27:211 doi:10.1136/jme.27.3.211
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The Patient Self-Determination Act: Meeting the Challenges in Patient Care

Lawrence P Ulrich,Washington, Georgetown University Press, 1999, 351 pages, £46.75.

  1. S A M McLean
  1. Professor of Medical Law Institute of Law and Medical Ethics School of Law, University of Glasgow

      This is an extremely readable and interesting contribution. The author takes the reader through the Patient Self-Determination Act in some depth, but doesn't make any attempt to look at its provisions in real detail. This cannot be taken as an omission, as the purpose of the book is to explore the principles underpinning the legislation and to explore its ethical content.

      In that respect, this is a very interesting exercise. On one …

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