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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary L Bloomfield, BA RT (R) (M)(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This book discusses ethics and legal issues facing imaging professionals using a somewhat unique structure where each chapter topic is separated into the ethical issues and the legal issues. This update of the 1999 edition is warranted because of the new imaging technologies and the need for relevant case studies.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with the necessary foundation to apply professional standards, and exercise personal integrity when responding to ethical challenges they may encounter. It also provides a basic understanding of applicable law so they can become their own "risk managers." Ethical and legal issues are important subjects that imaging professionals must study, and this book is much needed in the profession. It does an excellent job of meeting the stated objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is written for imaging professionals and students in the imaging profession. They do an excellent job of presenting the material at a level that can be understood by both groups. Doreen M. Towsley-Cook is a former radiologic sciences program director and Terese A. Young is an attorney as well as a radiologic technologist.
Features: This book covers the important aspects of the ethical and legal issues faced on a daily basis by the imaging professional. Each chapter covers a manageable facet of the ethical and legal issues so they are easier to study and retain. (i.e. caring and communication, autonomy and informed consent, death and dying, diversity). The chapter on healthcare distribution is particularly well done and the authors do very good job of explaining why this chapter is important in the study of ethics and legal issues. The only shortcoming is that there are no illustrations or pictures. The material can seem somewhat dry, so illustrations would help students stay focused.
Assessment: This is an excellent book covering very important information for the imaging professional. Even though ethics and legal issues are covered in many of the patient care books such as Patient Care in Radiography: With An Introduction to Medical Imaging, 7th edition, Ehrlich and Daly (Elsevier, 2007), a book that deals exclusively with these topics is warranted.