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The Power of Life and Death

The Power of Life and Death

by Fabian Tassano, Thomas Szasz


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The Power of Life and Death

This text argues that our lives are no longer safe in the hands of the medical professional, and that patients need to recognize the hidden agenda of modern medicine. It suggests that despite talk of patient rights, patients' views are increasingly being ignored in the drive towards cost-saving and "efficiency improvements". More worryingly, the book argues, there are clear signs that the patient's best interests are not always taken into account by doctors. This is particularly true for the elderly, the handicapped, children, and those unable to communicate their wishes.

This critique is written for the general reader concerned about the possibility of being treated, or not being treated, against his wishes, and who wants a clearer idea of the philosophy behind medical practice. It raises crucial questions at a time when issues such as euthanasia stand at the centre of much public debate.

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ISBN-13: 9780715626429
Publisher: Duckworth Publishers
Publication date: 11/23/1995
Pages: 177
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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