Life on the Line: Ethics, Aging, Ending Patients' Lives, and Allocating Vital Resources (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1992 - Medical - 349 pages
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This book provides both a biblical approach for addressing any bioethical question and an application of that approach to key end-of-life and resource allocation issues. The general approach explains what it means for a Christian bioethics to be God-centered, reality-bounded, and love-impelled. The end-of-life section explores such crucial issues as withholding and withdrawing treatment, suffering, and assisted suicide. The resource allocation section examines the medical, social, and other criteria that determine who receives scarce health care resources. A major case study opens and closes the book.
  

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Contents

Withholding vs Withdrawing Treatment
136
Relieving Pain vs Ending Life
139
Extraordinary vs Burdensome Treatment
142
ALLOCATING VITAL RESOURCES
151
Medical Assessments and the Elderly
153
Age Criteria
155
Length of Medical Benefit
165
Quality of Medical Benefit
166

Communicating in a Pluralistic World
47
An Expanded View
50
The GodCentered Dimension
51
The RealityBounded Dimension
53
The LoveImpelled Dimension
69
ENDING PATIENTS LIVES
73
The Patients Wishes
75
A Matter of Definition
78
Models of Relationship
80
The Mentally Capable Patient
83
The Mentally Incapable Patient
88
Taking Someones Life
95
Death
97
Suffering
103
Ending It All
108
Deciding against Treatment
117
Suicide
118
Quality of Life
121
Inappropriate Treatment
125
Important Distinctions
130
Terminal vs Imminent
131
Likelihood of Medical Benefit
169
Medical Benefit
172
Nonmedical Exclusion of the Elderly
176
An Assessment
179
Overarching Critiques
187
The Pursuit of Social Benefit
194
SocialBenefit Criteria
195
SociomedicalBenefit Criteria
207
Determining Who Lives
222
The Individual Patient
223
The Social Context
227
An Overall Approach
232
Ending Lives and Allocating Resources
235
Proper Priorities
237
Sufficient Support
239
Appropriate Control
241
Notes
244
References Cited
304
Index
340
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John F. Kilner (PhD, Harvard) is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and Director of Bioethics Programs at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. The author or editor of 20 books, Dr. Kilner served as President and CEO of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Illinois from 1994--2005.

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