Intensive Care Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession
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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.
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1994
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession|
|The Moral Order of Intensive Care|
|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|
|Index of Doctors, Nurses, Patients, and Families of Patients|