Aging: Decisions at the End of Life / Edition 1

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Some of the most poignant issues in human relations arise from decisio ns that are taken at the end of life. At these moments, decision-maker s are faced with questions that test the limits of social and familial obligation. Responding to these issues challenges not only the moral integrity of individual and public value systems, but also the legitim acy of legal structures and underlying institutional supports. Decisio ns at the End of Life is the last volume in a trilogy on Aging conceiv ed for the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine. Leading scholars from a range of disciplines examine some of the most emotive topics in the study of aging: assessing quality of life, impr oving end-of-life care, palliative care, euthanasia, and consent to re search.

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Twelve papers address five topic areas of medical ethics in relation to aging: quality of life, palliative care, euthanasia, suicide, and research ethics. The papers are broadly focused on ideal ethical practice, but also critically examine current practice. The authors represented often take differing stances towards the issues, with a particular divergence on such controversial issues as the legalization of assisted suicide. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Preface. Acknowledgments. Contributors. Quality of Life. How we think (deeply but with limits) about quality of life: The necessity of wisdom for aging; P.J. Whitehouse, J. Ballenger, S. Katz. Ethics and quality of life in the elderly; F. Lolas. Palliative Care. Palliative care: A weak link in the chain of civilized life; L.L. Emanuel. Assisted Death. Assisted death in the Netherlands and its relationship with age; G.K. Kimsma. Why euthanasia should not be legalized: A reflection on the Dutch experiment; H. Jochemsen. Managing death: End-of-life charades and decisions; G.P. Smith, II. Challenges and dilemmas in the 'aging and euthanasia' policy cocktail; R.S. Magnusson. Suicide. End-of-life decisions in terminal illness: A psychiatric perspective; L. Sherr, F. Starace. Suicide: Implications for an aging society; N. Watanabe, M. Taguchi, K. Hasegawa. Research Ethics. Research on elderly subjects: Striking the right balance; A. Schafer. Community consent for research on the impaired elderly; D.C. Thomasma. Regulating ethical research involving cognitively impaired elderly subjects: Canada as a case study; G.F. Tomossy, D.N. Weisstub, S. Gauthier. Index.
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