Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

June 28, 2005

Doctor for Starvation

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:54 pm

Earlier I posted the story of Marjorie Nighbert, who was starved and dehydrated by court order (like Terri Schiavo), but in Nighbert’s case she was conscious, ambulatory, and begging for food — and had to be restrained to her bed to enforce the court and prevent her from raiding other patients’ food trays.

Recently that post has started to attract comments — specifically, comments from a practicing neurologist who says he sees this sort of thing happen “on a regular basis.” And, he strongly implies that he sees this as right and appropriate.

If you think these are isolated, extreme cases, go read those comments.

(I’m disabling comment on this post. If you have something to add, please add it to the comments on the earlier post.)

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