Tough Decisions: Cases in Medical Ethics / Edition 2

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Overview

Life is full of tough decisions that must be made ethically and under the pressures of time. This book places readers in realistic situation where they experience the difficulties of making tough medical decisions. The cases are composites of actual cases the authors have seen or managed. In the role of decision-maker, the reader helps to determine what happens in the case as his or her decision often shapes the course of events and the patient's outcome. This gives a compelling sense of the pressures that bear on clinical decision-making. The authors assume that the reader wants to do the right thing, but faces the problem of determining what the right thing will be when information is necessarily incomplete and the future unknown. Ethical theory emerges as others involved in the case offer different views of what is right in a particular medical situation. Two concluding chapters discuss the major theories of medical ethics, but there are no answers in the back of the book. Instead, the book will familiarize readers with some of the ethical principles and issues critical to the practice of medicine to patients and their families.

"...presents realistic composites of cases the authors have actually seen or managed where they must make tough medical decisions...provides a good sense of the pressures that bear on clinical decision making.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195090420
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 358,146
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, ID

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Table of Contents

Part I Death And Dying
1. Maggie
2. Jill
3. Ed Martinez
Part II Adulthood
4. Leon
5. Ms. Williams
6. Wanda
7. The Maxistop project
Part III Childhood and Adolescence
8. Joey, Jessica, Tom, and Marti
9. Marti Revisited
10. Tom Revisited
11. Billy
12. The Castelli Baby
13. Christie
Part IV Conception and Gestation
14. The Harrisons' Plans
15. The Smyth Saga
16. The Perfect Reford
Part V Health Care Reform and Ethical Theory
17. Affordable Health Care
18. Ethical Theory and Medical Ethics
19. Making Moral Decisions: A Process Approach

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