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    Substituted Judgment, Best Interests, and the Need for Best Respect.Susan R. Martyn - 1994 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 3 (2):195-208.
    Perhaps the most troublesome medical decisionmaking cases facing state courts concern serious healthcare decisions involving patients with severe or profound retardation. The courts who face this issue encounter a difficult dilemma. A decision to terminate a medical treatment of a dependent, vulnerable person requires considerable solicitude. Allowing a helpless person to die sooner than is medically possible directly conflicts with that person's most basic right – the right to live. However, continuing treatment in the face of terminal illness may not (...)
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