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Discussions in Bioethics: The Old Person's Friend ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB528414
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Wolf Koenig, Andy Thomson
Directors:  Annie O'Donoghue
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Fiction, Health and Medicine, Religious Studies, Seniors, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1985
Running Time:  12:45

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One of a series of short, open-ended dramas designed to stimulate discussion of values and ethics in relation to modern medical technology. An elderly woman, bedridden and with a history of strokes, refuses medical attention and creates a dilemma for the hospital's staff. Should she be allowed to die as she wishes or should everything possible be done to preserve life?

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