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The Law of Life and Death

The Law of Life and Death

by Elizabeth Price Foley
     
 

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Are you alive? Most people believe that some law defines our status as living (or not) for all purposes. But Foley shows that “not being dead” isn’t necessarily the same as being alive, in the eyes of the law. The need for more organ transplants and conservation of health care resources is exerting pressure to expand the legal definition of death.

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Are you alive? Most people believe that some law defines our status as living (or not) for all purposes. But Foley shows that “not being dead” isn’t necessarily the same as being alive, in the eyes of the law. The need for more organ transplants and conservation of health care resources is exerting pressure to expand the legal definition of death.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Foley (Florida Intl. Univ. Coll. of Law) presents a profoundly intelligent, distinctive, and disturbing book. In seven short chapters, she dissects the legality behind what makes a person alive or dead. The first chapter addresses such subjects as feticide, wrongful conception, the freezing of humans and body parts, and frozen embryos. The discussion of legal contortions that courts make to decide these cases segues nicely into the court's definition of death. The book devotes succeeding chapters to the Uniform Definition of Death Act, which defines the difference between being brain-dead while the body functions and being fully dead from cardiac arrest. As the author coolly points out, medical advances and the need for organ donations have expanded the legal definition of death to outweigh what constitutes being alive. VERDICT With extensive endnotes and a scholarly tone, this work will be appreciated by legislators, serious readers, and legal and medical professionals.—Harry Charles, Attorney at Law, St. Louis
George J. Annas Author Of worst Case Bioethics
Elizabeth Price Foley takes us on an agile and insightful romp through the briar patch of state and federal laws governing medical practice at the beginning and end of life. American politics is mired in legal debates over the limits of life and death practices, including embryo research, abortion, transplantation, treatment termination, suicide, and, most recently, 'death panels.' The Law of Life and Death deserves close attention from anyone trying to understand why lawyers have more influence than physicians on birth and death.
New Republic online - Eric Posner
Foley's book is essentially a primer or textbook on these legal issues of life and death, suitable for ethicists interested in learning about the law and for lawyers interested in learning about ethics...Foley ably lays out the moral arguments and legal disputes, and persuasively criticizes poorly reasoned judicial opinions.
George J. Annas author of Worst Case Bioethics
Elizabeth Price Foley takes us on an agile and insightful romp through the briar patch of state and federal laws governing medical practice at the beginning and end of life. American politics is mired in legal debates over the limits of life and death practices, including embryo research, abortion, transplantation, treatment termination, suicide, and, most recently, 'death panels.' The Law of Life and Death deserves close attention from anyone trying to understand why lawyers have more influence than physicians on birth and death.
New Republic online

Foley's book is essentially a primer or textbook on these legal issues of life and death, suitable for ethicists interested in learning about the law and for lawyers interested in learning about ethics...Foley ably lays out the moral arguments and legal disputes, and persuasively criticizes poorly reasoned judicial opinions.
— Eric Posner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674060906
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
368 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Price Foley is Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law.

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