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Intensive Care Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession

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ISBN-10: 0226996352

ISBN-13: 9780226996356

Edition: 1992

Authors: Robert Zussman

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In riveting case studies, Robert Zussman describes how medical decisions in ICUs are considered and reconsidered, made and remade, negotiated and renegotiated. He concentrates on the practice of medical ethics, on the ways in which right and wrong are interpreted and used in the ward--how definitions of right and wrong emerge from the social situations of patients, families, doctors, and nurses and from the workings of hospitals and the courts. His book is a portrait of the way careful planning is undermined by the unpredictability of illness and the persistence of self-interest, by high principle and curious compromise.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession
Intensive Care
The Moral Order of Intensive Care
The Patient
Doctors: The Banality of Heroism
The Nurse's Dilemma
Patienthood and the Culture of Rights
Patients and Families
Medical Ethics: Triage and the Limitation of Treatment
"Penguins in the Basement"
Uncertainty, the Social Organization of Medicine, and Limitation of Treatment
Withholding, Withdrawing, and the "Terminal" Patient
Ethics, Families, and Technical Reason
The "Do Not Resuscitate" Order as Ritual
"A Legal Thing"
The Last Bed 15: Medicine's Two Cultures
On Method
General Index
Index of Doctors, Nurses, Patients, and Families of Patients