Assisted Suicide: A Decision-Making Guide for Health Professionals / Edition 1

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How should you respond when your patient asks for aid in dying? Regardless of the current legal status of assisted suicide, physicians and mental health professionals everywhere are being confronted by this difficult situation. This timely and important work guides caregivers through the complicated moral questions that arise when approached by a patient seeking aid in dying. Written in a clear and compassionate style, Assisted Suicide helps professionals work through the numerous factors involved in the complex decision-making process.

"Based on the author's extensive experience, the book offers guidance to both primary and behavioral clinicians who act as gatekeepers to assisted suicide...with numerous case studies and specific guidelines to aid in decision-making."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A trail-blazing book which takes the study of medically assisted dying to new and important levels of understanding. Essential reading for today's health professionals." —Derek Humphry, author of Final Exit

"This highly readable, extremely interesting book offers what the debate over physician-assisted suicide needs most: honesty, integrity, and compassion. . . . This book must be read by any physician who considers helping a patient die'and also by any physician who considers refusing to help a patient to die." —Margaret P. Battin, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah

"Beyond simply being one more account of the issue, Dr. Jamison uniquely provides a practical approach to patient care from a common ground that is applicable to all health care providers and patients regardless of any particular moralistic point of view." —Gary A. Johanson, director, Palliative Care Services, The Cancer Center, Santa Rosa, California

Drawing on his experience with hundreds of patients, social psychologist Jamison social and behavioral sciences, U. of California-San Francisco offers physicians and health-care providers a framework for making decisions about assisting in a patient's death. He proceeds through the decision-making process discussing a range of options, guidelines, and tools. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787908737
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN JAMISON, a social psychologist, is former president of the Mental Health Association of Marin County, California, and director of Life and Death Consultations in Mill Valley, California. He is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of Final Acts of Love: Families, FriAnds, and Assisted Dying.

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Table of Contents

1. The Ethical Debate
2. When a Patient Says "I Want to Die"
3. Responding to Requests for Help
4. Understanding Family Dynamics
5. Working Through the Choices
6. The Final Decision

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