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Death or Disability? – The 'Carmentis Machine' and decision-making for critically ill children - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Death or Disability?: The 'Carmentis Machine' and decision-making for critically ill children

Dominic Wilkinson


New forms of neuroimaging are increasingly used to predict the outcome for seriously ill newborn infants and children; these predictions play a major role in decisions to continue or withdraw life support in intensive care. What patterns of brain injury, and what severity of future impairment are sufficient to allow an infant or child to die? This book uses the fictitious ‘Carmentis Machine’ to help analyse the relevance of different factors for decision-making in the presence of prognostic certainty, including the best interests of the child and parents, replacement, and moral status. It is a ... More

Keywords: ethics, children, newborn, withdrawing treatment, death, disability, neuroimaging, decision-making, best interests, quality of life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669431
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669431.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Wilkinson, author
University of Adelaide