Health Care Surrogate Laws

Kenneth Simpson, Deon M. Cox, Greg A. Sachs, Mark Siegler, Jerry A. Menikoff

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

2 Scopus citations


To the Editor: With regard to the article by Menikoff et al. on health care surrogate laws (Oct. 15 issue)1: I am the clinical ethicist at a 400-bed, university-affiliated, urban hospital in Illinois. In the 12 months after the state's Health Care Surrogate Act became law, the act was instrumental in decisions to end the lives of 12 “qualifying” patients in our hospital and nearby nursing homes. Mechanical ventilation or dialysis was terminated in eight patients who either were terminally ill with cancer or AIDS or were unconscious after cardiopulmonary arrest or a head injury. Artificial nutrition was withheld…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1200-1201
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 22 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Health Care Surrogate Laws'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Simpson, K., Cox, D. M., Sachs, G. A., Siegler, M., & Menikoff, J. A. (1993). Health Care Surrogate Laws. New England Journal of Medicine, 328(16), 1200-1201.