Ethics and Aging: The Right to Live, the Right to Die

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Social Science - 270 pages
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This book is an important and timely look at issues of ethics in aging. It reflects the complexity of these questions, but develops them in relation to a single general theme: that of the involvement of the elderly in the design of social policy and the research which affects them. Moral problems involving the elderly are many-faceted. Accurate understanding and social response demand some integration of experience, sensibility, and knowledge provided by different perspectives. Ethics and Aging incorporates viewpoints from gerontology, philosophy, law, theology, sociology, psychology, medicine, nursing, and economics.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Principal Themes and Issues
3
SelfDetermination and Aging
17
for an Aging Population
84
Ending Discrimination Against
127
Social Policy
142
Killing versus Letting Die and the Issue
155
Commission and the Presidents Commission
172
Proxy Consent for Research on the Incompetent Elderly
183
Gerontologys Challenge from Its Research Population
194
Civil Liberties and the Elderly Patient
208
Narrative Perspective and Aging
215
Bibliography
225
General Index
247
Index of Names
253
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About the author (2011)

James E. Thornton is the coordinator of the Committee on Gerontology, at the University of British Columbia. Earl R. Winkler is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

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