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# Nursing-home residents have the right to refuse treatment.

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10 Jun 2004, 13:40
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Nursing-home residents have the right to refuse treatment. Forcing a resident to take sedatives, unless that person threatens the well-being of others, is a clear affront to human dignity, an illegal invasion of privacy, and an intolerable violation of the individual's right to think and make decisions about one's own welfare.

A major assumption in this argument is that
A) residents in nursing homes are no threat to the well-being of others
B) treatment in nursing homes is clearly harmful to residents
C) sedating drugs should not be used as a treatment in nursing homes
D) nursing-home residents are capable of making decisions about their own welfare
E) the privacy rights of most residents of nursing homes are not protected
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10 Jun 2004, 14:03
Saying that nursing-home residents have the right to refuse treatment the author assumes that they are capable of actually exercising that right. Hence D.

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10 Jun 2004, 14:24
Hell yeah

the dot is on (D)

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10 Jun 2004, 14:40
D for Darden ... thats my choice

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11 Jun 2004, 00:05
I vote for D

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11 Jun 2004, 03:36
Tough choice between (A) and (D).
Bending more towards (A),

(D) says that "residents are capable of making their own decision" now lets say that they are capable of making their own decision but they are also threat to the society, then in this case even if they can make their own decision but still they will need sedatives.

On the other hand If we assume that "residents are no threat to the well beings of other", Negate this and you will get that residents are threat to well being of other which essentially means that they should be given sedatives, and hence author's conclusion falls apart.
So I believe (A) should be the answer,

Any suggesitons??

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11 Jun 2004, 07:33
Paul wrote:
Nursing-home residents have the right to refuse treatment. Forcing a resident to take sedatives, unless that person threatens the well-being of others, is a clear affront to human dignity, an illegal invasion of privacy, and an intolerable violation of the individual's right to think and make decisions about one's own welfare.

A major assumption in this argument is that
A) residents in nursing homes are no threat to the well-being of others
B) treatment in nursing homes is clearly harmful to residents
C) sedating drugs should not be used as a treatment in nursing homes
D) nursing-home residents are capable of making decisions about their own welfare
E) the privacy rights of most residents of nursing homes are not protected

I agree that the best answer is D.

A is not the best assumption. The author says that residents in nursing homes may be a threat [sometimes] to the well-being of others. If and when they are a threat, he warrants the use of sedatives. So, clearly, we can't say that "Residents in nursing homes are no threat to the well-being of others"

D, on the other hand, assumes that if residents have the right to refuse treatment, then they are capable of making a decision whether to exercise that right or not.
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11 Jun 2004, 08:59
OA is D. Great discussion guys!
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