Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making in Health Care: United States, Germany and Japan

Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making in Health Care: United States, Germany and Japan

by Hans-Martin Sass, Robert M. Veatch, Rihito Kimura, Robert M. Veatch, Rihito Kimura
     
 

Advance directives to determine the care of terminally ill patients ha ve revolutionized health care decision making. But writing a directive that accomplishes exactly what a patient wants can be a difficult pro cess and can be ethically controversial. While Americans, deeply immer sed in Western liberal political philosophy, have an intuitive attract ion to

Overview

Advance directives to determine the care of terminally ill patients ha ve revolutionized health care decision making. But writing a directive that accomplishes exactly what a patient wants can be a difficult pro cess and can be ethically controversial. While Americans, deeply immer sed in Western liberal political philosophy, have an intuitive attract ion to advance directives, other cultures do not. In this volume, an i nternational team of experts examines the controversy surrounding adva nce directives in three countries: the United States, Germany, and Jap an. Within each section, the subjects are addressed from the points of view of clinicians, legal experts, and bioethicists. The authors find that the United States and Japan are at opposite ends of a spectrum o f opinion regarding patient autonomy, whereas Germany falls somewhere between.

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Presents three perspectives each from the US, Japan, and Germany on the role and the validity of advance medical directives. Contributors, comprising clinicians, legal experts, and bioethicists, review the respective debate in the author's country, providing different and often contrasting accounts of the role that advance care documents and the role of patient autonomy play in the clinical settings of each country. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801858314
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/30/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Hans-Martin Sass is professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. Robert M. Veatch is professor of medical ethics and the director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Rihito Kimura is professor of bioethics and law at Georgetown University.

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