If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo / Edition 1

If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo / Edition 1

by Lois Shepherd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807832952

ISBN-13: 9780807832950

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Every day, thousands of people quietly face decisions as agonizing as those made famous in the Terri Schiavo case. Throughout that controversy, all kinds of people—politicians, religious leaders, legal and medical experts—made emphatic statements about the facts and offered even more certain opinions about what should be done. To many, courts were either

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Every day, thousands of people quietly face decisions as agonizing as those made famous in the Terri Schiavo case. Throughout that controversy, all kinds of people—politicians, religious leaders, legal and medical experts—made emphatic statements about the facts and offered even more certain opinions about what should be done. To many, courts were either ordering Terri's death by starvation or vindicating her constitutional rights. Both sides called for simple answers. If That Ever Happens to Me details why these simple answers were not right for Terri Schiavo and why they are not right for end-of-life decisions today.

Lois Shepherd looks behind labels like "starvation," "care," or "medical treatment" to consider what care and feeding really mean, when feeding tubes might be removed, and why disability groups, the faithful, and even the dying themselves often suggest end-of-life solutions that they might later regret. For example, Shepherd cautions against living wills as a pat answer. She provides evidence that demanding letter-perfect documents can actually weaken, rather than bolster, patient choice.

The actions taken and decisions made during Terri Schiavo's final years will continue to have repercussions for thousands of others—those nearing death, their families, health-care professionals, attorneys, lawmakers, clergy, media, researchers, and ethicists. If That Ever Happens to Me is an excellent choice for anyone interested in end-of-life law, policy, and ethics—particularly readers seeking a deeper understanding of the issues raised by Terri Schiavo's case.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832950
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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