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    Paul T. Menzel

    • Ethical Perspectives on Advance Directives for Dementia

      Posted on September 6, 2018

      Four articles in the Hastings Center Report make an array of claims about  whether advance directives should or should not be used to instruct caregivers to withhold oral feeding of a person who reaches a designated stage of  dementia. I would like to advance some central ethical observations on the matter. A life can be… Read more

    • Controlling the End Game of Dementia

      Posted on February 3, 2015

      In her New York Times article of January 20, “Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia”, Paula Span reviewed the use of advance directives to withhold food and water as a way of avoiding living long into dementia. She wrote that “ethicists, lawyers and older adults themselves have begun a quiet debate about whether people who develop… Read more

    • What is an Ounce of Prevention Really Worth?

      Posted on April 2, 2012

      Is there an ethical case to be made for questioning the homespun wisdom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” An argument along those lines caught a lot of attention when it was made in the Hastings Center Report 35 years ago by philosopher Benjamin Freedman. Now, on the 15thanniversary of Freedman’s… Read more

    • Too Hot for Politics to Handle? Hard Questions about Health Insurance

      Posted on October 28, 2008

      This article appears in the September-October issue of Hastings Center Report. Presidential candidates often fall back on language and images from their respective parties. McCain and Republicans tout the virtues of private insurance and competitive markets in making health care more accessible and priceworthy. Obama and Democrats emphasize the urgency of widening access and the critical… Read more