Emergency Treatment Against a Patient’s Wishes
In this letter, Peckham discusses the dilemma that faces doctors when they have to administer emergency treatment against the apparent wishes of the patient. As illustration, he discusses the case of a middle-aged man who attempted suicide by drug overdose. The patient refused treatment & indicated that he wanted to die. However, because of his deteriorating physical condition, emergency treatment was undertaken. Peckham says the law should be clarified to protect doctors acting in good faith.