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Marking the 40th Anniversary of In re Quinlan’s Landmark Contribution to Death & Dying Jurisprudence

Norm Cantor reflects, this week, on the 40th Anniversary of In re Quinlan’s landmark contribution to death and dying jurisprudence.

His conclusion is sobering:  “Unfortunately, 40 years have not sufficed to fully and uniformly integrate the lessons of Quinlan into American medical practice.”

“Just as Brown v. Board of Education, for all its wisdom, could not judicially create integrated schools, Quinlan has not universally relieved moribund patients from being mired in an unwanted, cognitively unaware limbo.”

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