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Unformatted text preview: Notes for PH I L 163 Reading Part I: Autonomy And Value: Advance Directives Reading for Lecture #2 Chapter 8 “Life Past Reason” and Campo Flores, “The Legacy of Ter ry Schiavo” • Cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease of the brain named after a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist. • They are unable to sustain many things and are unable to recognize people that they may have been close to. • Focus on moral rights of people in the late stages of dementia. • They often forget how to do common things, and this makes lives difficult for them. • There are also instances where the caregivers have to work very hard in order to make sure that the person is capable of doing what they need to do. • An instance is of Margo, who slowly started losing her memories. She was happy though. But the author does mention that the medical student questioned who Margo would be if she does not have her memories anymore. • Many questions are asked of the autonomy of a patient. • People can refuse treatment if they want, even if what they are refusing will benefit them. • Evidentiary view- we should respect the decisions people make for themselves even when we regard these decisions as imprudent, because each person...
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