The Woman Who Decided to Die: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine [NOOK Book]

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Advances in medical technology force us to struggle with new and often gut-wrenching decisions. How do we know when someone is dead and not just in a coma? Should a convicted felon qualify for a new heart? In The Woman Who Decided to Die, novelist and medical ethicist Ronald Munson takes readers to the very edges of medicine, where treatments fail and where people must cope with helplessness, mortality, and doubt. Using personal narratives that place us right next to doctors, patients, and care givers as they ...
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The Woman Who Decided to Die: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine

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Overview


Advances in medical technology force us to struggle with new and often gut-wrenching decisions. How do we know when someone is dead and not just in a coma? Should a convicted felon qualify for a new heart? In The Woman Who Decided to Die, novelist and medical ethicist Ronald Munson takes readers to the very edges of medicine, where treatments fail and where people must cope with helplessness, mortality, and doubt. Using personal narratives that place us right next to doctors, patients, and care givers as they make decisions, Munson explores ten riveting case-based stories, told with a writer's eye for illuminating detail. These include a young woman with terminal leukemia more worried about her family than herself, a stepfather asked to donate a liver segment to his stepson, a student who believes she is being controlled by invisible Agents, and a psychiatrist-patient who prizes his autonomy until the end. Raising fundamental questions about human relationships, this is an essential book about the very nature of life and death.
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Munson (philosophy of science & medicine, Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis) presents true stories of ethical dilemmas he has encountered in the course of his career. The 31-year-old "woman who decided to die" had advanced cancer and didn't want to put her husband and young children through the hassles of 300-mile trips to the hospital, so she refused further treatment. Is that a sufficient reason to refuse treatment? Each chapter starts a new story about a patient with an ethical problem. Should a college student who hears voices be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, even if it's unclear whether he or she is a danger to him- or herself? Is it wrong for a stepfather to refuse to donate a kidney to his adult stepson? Munson's stories are captivating, and each ends with a lesson in medical ethics. Though illuminating for lay readers, this probably wouldn't go at a public library. Recommended for academic and health sciences collections.
—Elizabeth Williams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199716142
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 713,642
  • File size: 322 KB

Meet the Author



Ronald Munson is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Medicine at University of Missouri-St. Louis. His books include the award-winning Raising the Dead: Organ Transplants, Ethics, and Society (OUP, 2002); Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics; and the novels Nothing Human, Fan Mail, and Night Vision.
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Table of Contents

1 The Woman Who Decided to Die 1

2 Like Leaving a Note 11

3 The Agents 30

4 Unsuitable 56

5 Nothing Personal 69

6 "He's Had Enough" 83

7 Not More Equal 103

8 The Last Thing You Can Do for Him 118

9 The Boy Who Was Addicted to Pain 137

10 It Seemed Like a Good Idea 155

Notes 183

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Recommend

    This book opens up many questions for discussion about death and dying, and who is charge, who makes the decisions regarding life and death.

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