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Editor's Correspondence
June 26, 2006

The Ethical Requirement to Provide Hydration and Nutrition—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(12):1324-1325. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.12.1324-b

In reply

The central claim of our Commentary was that the right to refuse an intervention does not depend on the “artificiality” of the intervention.1 Baumgartner does not offer a refutation of this claim. His letter, therefore, amounts to an assertion that the incapacitated patient's right to refuse hydration and nutrition violates some unspecified “fundamental truth and morality.”