The Clarfield Case Study

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In the Clarfield reading, it discussed the three major Abrahamic monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity (its Catholic variant), and Islam. The reading has three different scenarios and it goes over how each religion would handle the different ethical situation. Scenario one is an 86 year old woman who has coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation presents with a massive stroke. She remains unconscious for two months now, and then she gets diagnosed with pneumonia. The family request a permanent feeding tube, and the children request that the doctors don’t tell the poor husband his wife 's conditions. They believe the news will just kill him. Scenario two, an 84 year old women with mild dementia and compensated congestive heart failure is admitted to a nursing home. The husband gives the physician a signed AD that states that under no circumstances does the 84 year old women want resuscitation. Scenario three, 87-year-old man with advanced metastatic lung carcinoma admitted to an acute hospital is fed a gastrostomy…show more content…
In case one, the feeding tube is understandable. Pneumonia requires treatment right away so in the Jewish religion they will start treatment right away. When it comes to the request that the father should not be told, they respect that because they don’t want to jeopardize the father 's health. In case two, the staff’s opinion is way less important than the surrogate. If the AD believes that the request seem valid for his wife, then they would continue the request. Although Halacha will probably favor treatment if there were a chance of survival, the patient/surrogate may refuse such an approach if the prognosis of the treatment is unfavorable. In case three, intubation would be reasonable, but after the kids told the doctor their father’s wishes they have to respect that. This is only okay because the father had a terminal
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