Clinical Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disease

Alan Buchman, MD, MSPH

Chapter 46: Medical, Legal, And Ethical Aspects Of Nutritional Support (continued)

Albert Barrocas, MD, FACS; Barbara B. Bivona, RN, BSN; Denise Baird Schwartz, MS, RD, FADA, CNSD

Medical technology has created a twilight zone of suspended animation where death commences while life, in some form, continues. Some patients, however, want no part of a life sustained only by medical technology. Instead, they prefer a plan of medical treatment that allows nature to take its course and permits them to die with dignity. William Brennan, Associate Justice
US Supreme Court in Cruzan, 19901 Ethical and legal issues are two of the most emotionally charged aspects of the management of gastrointestinal (GI) diseases involving nutrition-therapy interventions. Despite years of…