Quello che la legge non dice. L’interruzione delle terapie di sostegno vitale in assenza di una volontà espressa dall’infermo

Giuseppe Giaimo


The essay deals with the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from an adult in permanent vegetative state or in a minimally conscious state, in the absence of a will expressed by the patient. The Italian l. n. 219/2017 has not changed matters, because it does not explain how, in this case, autonomy and human dignity can be properly safeguarded. Under a comparative point of view, the essay deals with the French and the English statutory framework governing the scrutiny of any decision to withdraw clinically assisted nutrition and hydration.


Human dignity; vegetative state; substituted judgement; best interest

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15168/2284-4503-520


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