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End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care: Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process
     

End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care: Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process

by Stephen W. Smith
 

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Those involved in end-of-life decision making must take into account both legal and ethical issues. This book starts with a critical reflection of ethical principles including ideas such as moral status, the value of life, acts and omissions, harm, autonomy, dignity and paternalism. It then explores the practical difficulties of regulating end-of-life decisions,

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Those involved in end-of-life decision making must take into account both legal and ethical issues. This book starts with a critical reflection of ethical principles including ideas such as moral status, the value of life, acts and omissions, harm, autonomy, dignity and paternalism. It then explores the practical difficulties of regulating end-of-life decisions, focusing on patients, healthcare professionals, the wider community and issues surrounding 'slippery slope' arguments. By evaluating the available empirical evidence, the author identifies preferred ways to regulate decisions and minimise abuses at the end of life, and outlines an ethical theory which can provide practical guidance for those engaged in end-of-life decisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107005389
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2012
Series:
Cambridge Bioethics and Law Series , #18
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen W. Smith is a lecturer in law at Birmingham Law School, where he teaches bioethics, criminal law and medicine and jurisprudence.

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