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Bioethics and Law (General)

Respect for Autonomy and Informed Consent (Choice) in Medical Treatment

Major abdominal surgery in Jehovah's Witnesses.

Rollins KE, Contractor U, Inumerable R, Lobo DN

Source‎: Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2016;98(8):532-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 27412808

DOI‎: 10.1308/rcsann.2016.0210

Law, ethics, religion, and blood management.

Seeber P, Shander A.

Source‎: Basics of Blood Management, Second Edition. Chichester, West Sussex, [UK]; Wiley-Blackwell; 2013. p. 285-96.

Indexed‎: ISBN 978-0-470-67070-5

Legal and ethical issues in blood transfusion.

Desborough MJ, Murphy MF.

Source‎: Br J Hosp Med (Lond) 2013;74(1):C2-4.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23593671

Refusal of blood by Jehovah's Witnesses and the patient's right to self-determination.

Ariga T.

Source‎: Leg Med (Tokyo) 2009;11 Suppl 1:S138-40.

Indexed‎: PubMed 19272827

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.legalmed.2009.02.005

The ethics of blood management.

Sazama K.

Source‎: Vox Sang 2007;92(2):95-102.

Indexed‎: PubMed 17298570

Why "bloodless medicine" and how should we do it?

Kickler TS.

Source‎: Transfusion 2003;43(5):550-1.

Indexed‎: PubMed 12702172

Transfusion Alternative Health Care—Meeting Patient Needs and Rights.

Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania

Source‎: Transfusion Alternatives-Documentary Series, 2004.

Management of Anaesthesia For Jehovah's Witnesses. Second Edition.

Ward ME, Dick J, Greenwell S, O’Sullivan E, Verma R, Whitaker DK.

Source‎: London, UK: The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland; 2005.

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