Always trying to learn something, I listen and watch and watch medical ethics discussions, but rarely comment without some provocation.
But, I do know a bit about politics and political con jobs. So, I'm forced to ask the question, is this medicine or is it politics? If this were another patient and another physician, neither of them in the public spotlight, how would we respond to this?
Now I'm big on remote monitoring, telemedicine and the like, but to make this decision? Based only on a video tape? What about the perils of defensive medicine? Or is Senator Frist practicing politics and not medicine? What a dreadful political intrusion into an already agonizing family circumstance.
Here's a selection of links on the Federal bill on granting either parent of Terri Schiavo the right to seek action in Federal Court:
None of the above even gets into the wonderful ironies of the House voting to slash Medicaid spending the same week that it engages in this pandering. But Medviews takes a more analytical view of the Medicaid costs of extending the Schiavo precedent to many more patients.
We may add other links as they emerge. But I hope we don't need to.