Faculty Advisor

Shannon, Thomas A.


Recent advances in medical technology have led to a gap between medical treatment and our ability to deal with the consequent situations. Life can be prolonged via life support to the point where it is of dubious quality, and no guidelines exist to indicate when its withdrawal is legal or ethical. By examining the legal, ethical, social and historical context of the debate over withdrawing life support, we develop a set of guidelines to deal with this issue.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts