Year: 1992 Source: Grand Rapids, MI: William Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1992. p.117-129 SIEC No: 20021050

The issue of who has responcibility for treatment decisions (physicians, family, or patient) is examined. The author argues that available choices will not necessarily be equally moral, and that there is a pressing need to distinguish between better and worse decisions when people’s lives are at stake. He argues that intention is the key issue in euthanasia (both passive and active) – whether anything is done or left undone with the intention of causing the patient’s death. Quality of life and the effects of inappropriate treatment are discussed.