Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, Sixth Edition

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McGraw Hill Professional, May 18, 2010 - Medical - 225 pages
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Make the right choice when facing the ethical issues that arise in clinical practice with this proven, trusted approach

Solve everyday ethical problems with:

  • The Four Topics Method: An easy approach used to identify, analyze, and resolve ethical problems in clinical medicine
  • Numerous concise, illustrative case examples
  • Current opinion on today's most controversial issues such as physician-assisted death, genetic testing and screening, and stem-celled transplantation
  • Ethical considerations in research trials, palliative care, and other growing medical areas
  • Practical coverage of all the important legal issues
  • One the most-trusted guides to ethical healthcare

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    Chapter 1 Indications for Medical Intervention
    Chapter 2 Preferences of Patients
    Chapter 3 Quality of Life
    Chapter 4 Contextual Features

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    Page 52 - It read, in part, that every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body; and a surgeon who performs an operation without his patient's consent commits an assault, for which he is liable in damages.
    Page 47 - An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.
    Page 17 - I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing.
    Page 52 - Anglo-American law starts with the premise of thorough-going self-determination. It follows that each man is considered to be master of his own body, and he may, if he be of sound mind, expressly prohibit the performance of life-saving surgery, or other medical treatment.
    Page 97 - Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children before they have reached the age of full and legal discretion when they can make that choice for themselves.
    Page 84 - If at any time I should have an incurable injury, disease, or illness certified to be a terminal condition...
    Page 46 - The provision of such treatment would merely prolong dying, not be effective in ameliorating or correcting all of the infant's lifethreatening conditions...
    Page 27 - Knaus WA, Wagner DP, Draper EA, et al: The APACHE III prognostic system: Risk prediction of hospital mortality for critically ill hospitalized adults. Chest 1(K): 1619-1636, 1991.

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    About the author (2010)

    Albert R. Jonsen, PhD: Professor Emeritus of Ethics in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Seattle, WA

    Mark Siegler, MD: Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine; and Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, IL

    William J. Winslade, PhD, JD: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, University of Houston, Health, Law, and Policy Institute, TX

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