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Ethics at the End of Life

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ISBN-10: 0534558453

ISBN-13: 9780534558451

Edition: 1st 2001

Authors: Ralph Baergen

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This anthology deftly introduces students to the massive medical ethics literature on end-of-life issues, such as refusal of treatment, surrogate decision making, resuscitation policies, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Although end-of-life issues are central, this text could be easily used as the basis for a much broader course in medical ethics. Each section's topic is introduced in an introductory essay that presents the central concepts, concerns, arguments, and positions. The selections that follow include the most influential work in each area, as well as ground-breaking newer essays. Essays have all been chosen for their accessibility to students and are augmented by the inclusion…    
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Book details

List price: $205.95
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/27/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Ethics at the End of Life
Troubling Questions
An Overview of the Issues
Approaches to Addressing Ethical Issues
Suggestions for Further Reading
Refusing Life-Sustaining Treatment
Introduction
"Depression, Competence, and the Right to Refuse Lifesaving Medical Treatment"
"Continued Treatment of the Fatally Ill for the Benefit of Others"
"What Do Apple Pie and Motherhood Have to Do with Feeding Tubes and Caring for the Patient?"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Surrogate Decision Making
Introduction
"The Problem of Proxies with Interests of Their Own: Toward a Better Theory of Proxy Decisions"
"Decision Making in the Incompetent Elderly: 'The Daughter from California Syndrome'"
"Taking Families Seriously"
Sample Statement of Patient's Preferences
Durable Power of Attorney
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Futility and Fighting Death
Introduction
"Futility in Practice"
"Medical Futility and Care of Dying Patients,"
"Futile Care: Physicians Should Not Be Allowed to Refuse to Treat,"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Resuscitating the Dying Patient
Introduction
"Emergency Department Resuscitation Techniques,"
"Resuscitation of Patients with Metastatic Cancer: Is Transient Benefit Still Futile?"
"Must Consent Always Be Obtained for a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order?"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Assisted Suicide
Introduction
"Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making,"
"Giving Death a Hand: When the Dying and the Doctor Stand in a Special Relationship,"
"The Reasons So Many People Support Physician-Assisted Suicide--And Why These Reasons Are Not Convincing,"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Euthanasia
Introduction
"The Doctrine of Double Effect and the Problem of Euthanasia,"
"Euthanasia: Historical, Ethical, and Empiric Perspectives,"
"When Self-Determination Runs Amok,"
"When Abstract Moralizing Runs Amok,"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Caring for Seriously Ill Newborns
Introduction
"Withholding Nutrition from Seriously Ill Newborn Infants: A Parent's Perspective,"
"Decision Making in the Nursery: An Ethical Dilemma,"
"Discontinuing Life Support in an Infant of a Drug-Addicted Mother: Whose Decision Is It?"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Death and Managed Care
Introduction
"End-of-Life Treatment in Managed Care: The Potential and the Peril,"
"Managed Care and Managed Death,"
"Dying in 559 Beds: Efficiency, 'Best Buys,' and the Ethics of Standardization in National Health Care,"
Discussion Questions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Glossary
Index