Life and Death in Intensive Care / Edition 1

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Overview

Life and Death in Intensive Care offers a unique portrait of the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), the place in medical centers and hospitals where patients with the gravest medical conditions-from comas to terminal illness-are treated. Author Joan Cassell employs the concept of moral economies to explain the dilemmas that patients, families, and medical staff confront in treatment. Drawing upon her fieldwork conducted in both the United States and New Zealand, Cassell compares the moral outlooks and underlying principles of SICU nurses, residents, intensivists, and surgeons. Using real life examples, Life and Death in Intensive Care clearly presents the logic and values behind the SICU as well as the personalities, procedures, and pressures that characterize every case. Ultimately, Cassell demonstrates the differing systems of values, and the way cultural definitions of medical treatment inform how we treat the critically ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592133369
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : moonscape : the surgical intensive care unit 1
1 A caring ethic : nurses and the dilemma of powerlessness 16
2 The best of times, the worst of times : the residents 33
3 Diverse universes of medical discourse : the fellows 51
4 The attendings 61
5 Is death the enemy, or suffering? 72
6 Confronting death in the surgical intensive care unit 85
7 Intensive caring in New Zealand 105
8 Going gentle into that good night : death in Auckland 118
9 Focusing on the bottom line 141
10 The dominion of death 155
App "Hard" science, "soft" science, social science : the anxiety of methods 177
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