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End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care
Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process

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Part of Cambridge Bioethics and Law

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005389

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  • Those involved in end-of-life decision making must take into account both legal and ethical issues. This book starts with a critical reflection of ethical principles including ideas such as moral status, the value of life, acts and omissions, harm, autonomy, dignity and paternalism. It then explores the practical difficulties of regulating end-of-life decisions, focusing on patients, healthcare professionals, the wider community and issues surrounding 'slippery slope' arguments. By evaluating the available empirical evidence, the author identifies preferred ways to regulate decisions and minimise abuses at the end of life, and outlines an ethical theory which can provide practical guidance for those engaged in end-of-life decisions.

    • Examines end-of-life decisions as a continuum of possible choices, thereby allowing readers to explore the connections and interactions between various types of end-of-life decision
    • Examines the evidence relating to the practical effects of regulating end-of-life decisions, allowing readers to critically evaluate whether the acceptance of certain end-of-life decisions will have adverse effects upon society
    • Provides a workable ethical theory for end-of-life decisions that will help readers evaluate the appropriateness of various decisions
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005389
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Moral status
    3. The value of life
    4. Killing versus letting die and moral responsibility
    5. Autonomy and paternalism
    6. Beneficence, non-maleficence and harm
    7. Dignity
    8. A comprehensive ethical approach
    9. Introduction to Part Two
    10. Protection of patients
    11. The impact on health care practitioners
    12. Greater societal issues
    13. Slippery slope arguments
    14. Necessary procedural protections
    15. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Stephen W. Smith, University of Birmingham
    Stephen W. Smith is a lecturer in law at Birmingham Law School, where he teaches bioethics, criminal law and medicine and jurisprudence.

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