New book: Critically impaired infants and end of life decision making

Dr Neera Bhatia of Deakin Law School has written a new book, Critically impaired infants and end of life decision making: Resource allocation and difficult decisions.

Published by Routledge, the book is to be launched on 20 August 2015.

Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment are contentious, and offer difficult moral dilemmas to both medical practitioners and the judiciary. This issue is exacerbated when the patient is unable to exercise autonomy and is entirely dependent on the will of others. Bringing to bear such key issues as clinical guidance, public awareness, and resource allocation, the book provides a rational approach to end of life decision making, where decisions to withdraw or withhold treatment may trump other competing interests.

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