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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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Preoccupation with ‘autonomy’

Preoccupation with ‘autonomy’

(p.193) 44 Preoccupation with ‘autonomy’
Where's the Evidence?

William A. Silverman

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 1997 commentary on neonatal care. Neonatologists often consider themselves as the unbiased protectors of their patients' best interests and assume an advocacy role. A claim is often made that doctors are justified in overriding parents' wishes when making controversial decisions about complex life-prolonging treatment. It argues that this ‘atomist’ view which sees the newborn in isolation must be challenged.

Keywords:   medical care, medical practice, neonates, infant care, atomism

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