Families and the gravely ill: roles, rules, and rights

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Greenwood Press, 1988 - Health & Fitness - 180 pages
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"This volume joins other recently published works on the ethical and legal considerations of life-sustaining treatments. Sherlock and Dingus focus on medical decision making involving children and incompetent adults, and the issue of how these decisions should be made. Discussion begins with the various meanings of "family" and the psychosocial issues in family involvement. The authors explore differences in decision making for the incompetent adult and for the child, and consider the pros and cons of family decision making as well as alternative decision making methods. They argue for an ethics committee review of selected difficult cases. The use of relevant cases to depict the legal aspects involved in medical decision making for children and incompetent adults helps clarify the issues involved. . . . A valuable reference for graduate or professional collections." Choice

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Contents

The Moral Meaning of the Family
1
The Psychosocial Issues
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The Psychosocial Issues
47
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RICHARD SHERLOCK is Associate Professor of Language and Philosophy at Utah State University.

C. MARY DINGUS is a Clinical Psychologist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, and Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington Medical School.

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