Jolly, Maggie and Cornock, Marc
Application of the doctrine of double effect in end stage disease.
International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 9(6),
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The aim of this article is to explore the doctrine of double effect and to identify whether it is appropriate to use the doctrine, and if so when, in end stage disease. The legal principles of the doctrine of double effect will be explored through the examination of three recent cases involving the death of a patient in the UK. The legal distinction between the doctrine of double effect and the intentional act of homicide will be discussed.
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