Accession Number:

ADA456296

Title:

Withholding Food and Water from Vegetative Patients in Military Hospitals: Constitutional and Practical Concerns

Descriptive Note:

Research thesis

Corporate Author:

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the theories behind the growing movement that permits the withholding or withdrawal of food and water from vegetative or terminally ill patients. It finds that this practice, permitted in the U.S. Army, is based primarily on the constitutional right of privacy. The theories on which it is based are not constitutionally defensible, and the various tests that federal and state courts have devised to carry it out are flawed and subject to manipulation. The thesis concludes that the Army should rescind its regulation permitting the practice, but that if it does not do so, it should implement major changes that safeguard vegetative patients in military hospitals.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Stress Physiology
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE