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From The CriticsReviewer: Aaliyah Eaves-Leanos, JD (Saint Louis University)
Description: This is an up-to-date resource for both aspiring and established health professionals facing legal and ethical healthcare dilemmas. Ethical and legal issues that frequently emerge in the healthcare environment are introduced with a contemporary perspective and overt simplicity. The book encourages readers to develop the analytic tools necessary for the resolution of moral conflicts and provides a starting point for a more complex conversation about the intersection of modern medicine, law, and ethics.
Purpose: The author's goal is to teach readers how to recognize bioethical and legal dilemmas in healthcare, identify appropriate responses, and take the right course of action.
Audience: This book is best suited for students and healthcare professionals with relatively little exposure or formal study in the fields of health law and bioethics. It provides a valuable and handy reference for those with more familiarity and experience in the field.
Features: The material is presented in 14 concise, elementary chapters designed to introduce the basic concepts in ethics and health law. The book covers law and ethics overviews, end-of-life dilemmas, ethics committees and organizational ethics, patient rights and abuse, informed consent, the regulation of healthcare, employee rights and responsibilities, and professional conduct. The superb organization of the chapters and numerous references make this a good quick reference guide for teachers and healthcare professionals. Each chapter begins with an introduction and ends with a section for notes and self-reflection. Cases containing legal and ethical dilemmas are introduced throughout the book as well as notable quotations, personal stories, and current events. Readers are asked to reflect on the ethical and legal issues presented in the chapter via a series of review questions.
Assessment: This is a solid introductory level book for students and health professionals with limited exposure to ethics and health law. The organization and style may make the topics more readily accessible for novice students who may otherwise be intimidated by a more robust and scholarly approach to bioethics and health law.