Health: The Trouble With Do Not Resuscitate

Living wills don't work--and can't work. That's the conclusion of a study published in the bioethics journal Hastings Center Report. The well-intentioned documents offer only a false promise of control, say the researchers, because it is too difficult for people to decide in advance on treatment options for unforeseen circumstances. A better alternative would be to assign "durable power of attorney" to a family member or trusted friend.

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