Posted on November 17, 2018 at 8:02 PM
Anyone who has taken even a cursory look at the medical and bioethics literature knows that leaving advance instructions to stop food and fluids by mouth is complicated.
Several organizations have developed and published planning tools. But their validity has not been confirmed by any legislature, regulator, or court. Nevertheless, there is a widespread and keen interest in avoiding advanced dementia.
I discussed the available options, this afternoon, in Solana Beach, California. This is Faye Girsh, president of the Hemlock Society, introducing me.