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What is Food? - Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration and Other Matters

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Abstract: The withdrawal of extraordinary treatment such as nutrition and hydration is an issue that has social, ethical and legal implications. At one level it is hard to understand how the law could ever condone the starving to death of a patient. However, this sort of emotive language only disguises the true nature of what is happening here. So what is the legal position regarding the removal of nutrition and hydration? This article discusses two recent cases, each based on different statutory provisions, which assist in our understanding of this difficult issue.

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