What Kind Of Life / Edition 1

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Essential for collections in health, medicine, & the social sciences."-Library Journal. Lucidly describes the irrationalities of the present health care system while outlining the benefits of a new model of health care which the author believes would serve people more intelligently in the long run.

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Callahan, medical ethicist, co-founder of the Hastings Center, and author of Abortion: Law, Choice and Morality (o.p.), makes a complex and largely logic-based argument here for the rationing of health care. In rather formal philosophical style, he proposes a reconstitution of American health care, suggests a ``biographical'' life span after which intervention would be limited to caring rather than curing, and outlines the changes necessary in the political climate for such an adjustment. His proposal--of a ``pyramid'' of health care, in which measures that benefit the largest number of people are widely available, and specialized care, such as transplant surgery, is rationed on an individual cost/benefit basis--will be highly controversial. Essential for collections in health, medicine, and the social sciences, but heavy going for most lay readers. Excellent end notes.-- Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
Lucidly describes the irrationalities of the present health care system while outlining the benefits of a new model of health care which the author believes would serve people more intelligently in the long run. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878405732
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
1 From Explosion to Implosion: Transforming Healthcare 17
2 On the Ragged Edge: Needs, Endless Needs 31
3 Hopes, Vain Hopes: The Pursuit of Efficiency 69
4 Health and the Common Good: Setting Societal Priorities 103
5 Health and the Individual Good: The Primacy of Caring 135
6 The Delicate Balance: Limits and Aspirations 159
7 Devising a Political Strategy: Can We Get There from Here? 185
8 To Kill and to Ration: Preserving the Difference 221
9 Modernizing Mortality: Medical Progress and the Good Society 251
Appendix: Selected Healthcare Data 265
Acknowledgments 279
Notes 281
Index 305
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