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Legal Aspects of End-of-Life Care in Severe Anorexia Nervosa

Dr Martin Curtice, Dr Rhiannon Kihara

Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Its management can be complicated as people with the condition can resist efforts to enable them to eat and drink. Ethical, medico-legal and psychological issues need careful exploration when considering compulsory treatment. This article summarises the judgment from the... Read full article

The Judgment of the High Court in Two Right-To-Die Cases

Dr Martin JR Curtice, Dr Rhiannon Kihara

This article summarises the judgment from the High Court cases of Tony Nicklinson and ‘Martin’. Both men suffered from locked-in syndrome secondary to catastrophic physical disabilities, but their mental processes were unimpaired. ‘Martin’ wanted the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to clarify his policy on assisted dying so that... Read full article

Case Law on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration Since Bland

Dr Martin JR Curtice

The legal basis and principles for the lawful withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) from people in a persistent vegetative state (now termed permanent vegetative state), was laid out in the case of Anthony Bland, who sustained catastrophic and irreversible brain damage as a result of being crushed during... Read full article

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