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A defence of the requirement to seek consent to withhold and withdraw futile treatments

Cameron L Stewart
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): 406-408. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10824
  • Cameron L Stewart

  • Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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