Lois Shepherd looks behind labels like "starvation," "care," or "medical treatment" to consider what care and feeding really mean, when feeding tubes might be removed, and why disability groups, the faithful, and even the dying themselves often suggest end-of-life solutions that they might later regret. For example, Shepherd cautions against living wills as a pat answer. She provides evidence that demanding letter-perfect documents can actually weaken, rather than bolster, patient choice.
The actions taken and decisions made during Terri Schiavo's final years will continue to have repercussions for thousands of others--those nearing death, their families, health-care professionals, attorneys, lawmakers, clergy, media, researchers, and ethicists. If That Ever Happens to Me is an excellent choice for anyone interested in end-of-life law, policy, and ethics--particularly readers seeking a deeper understanding of the issues raised by Terri Schiavo's case.
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Lois Shepherd has given us a thoughtful, nuanced and overarchingly accessible guide to one of the most difficult decisions any of us will ever have to makethe termination of life-prolonging medical treatment. She has taken the Schiavo case, too often a source of anger and heat, and created a resource of understanding and light.Kenneth W. Goodman, director and professor, University of Miami Bioethics Program; editor of The Strange, Sad Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics, Politics and Death in the Twenty-first Century