Interpersonal issues in the Wanglie case.

S. H. Miles

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The case of Helga Wanglie involved a conflict between the medical team, which concluded that a respirator was providing no medical benefit to the 87-year-old woman and should therefore be discontinued, and Ms. Wanglie's family who did not want the respirator removed. Most published commentary on the case has analyzed the medical team's conclusion. In contrast, this article examines the impact of the conflict on the conduct of the clinical case, and on the relationships among the various parties involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalKennedy Institute of Ethics journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes


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