Anencephalic Children

The issue of using anencephalic infants as organ donors has recently been raised. In part this interest is due to the greater success that transplantation in more mature humans has had in part it is due to the perceived necessity of extending our frontiers of knowledge further in part it is due to parents of such prospective children wishing to see at least some good resulting from their tragedy and in part it is because of the publicity that the media have given to this issue. Using such...

Grief

In dealing with end of life issues the problem of grief becomes an essential component. Not only after the patient dies, but during his last few months, relatives, friends and (hopefully and to some extent) the health-care team are beset with grief. But the patient, also and perhaps to the greatest extent grieves about many things but especially about the fact that while relatives and friends lose one person (as central as that person may be to their lives) the person who dies loses everything...