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Where's the Evidence?Debates in Modern Medicine$
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William A. Silverman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192630889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.001.0001

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Justice defined as fairness

Justice defined as fairness

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Where's the Evidence?

William A. Silverman

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 1996 commentary on efforts to promote a uniform practice for aggressive resuscitation of marginally-viable infants based on value judgments of policymakers. The rescue principle in medicine holds that the prolongation of life is paramount among all goods. However, it would be preposterous to treat longer life as a good that must be provided at any cost — even one that would make the lives of its people barely worth living.

Keywords:   medical practice, neonates, neonatal care, resuscitation

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