The Rights of Patients, Third Edition: The authoritative ACLU guide to patient rights

The Rights of Patients, Third Edition: The authoritative ACLU guide to patient rights

by George J. Annas

Paperback(3rd Edition)



The authoritative ACLU guide to patient rights in a completely revised edition

Now in its third edition, The Rights of Patients has long been considered the definitive guide to understanding the legal and ethical issues patients face in our often mismanaged healthcare system. Offering fully docu­mented exposition and explanation of the rights of patients from birth to death, this concise reference covers topics such as informed consent, emergency treatment, refusing treatment, human experimenta­tion, privacy and confidentiality, patient safety, and medical malpractice.

George J. Annas’s fully revised and updated edition also offers specific advice to individuals on serving as patient advocates for friends and family members and focuses on helping patients and their advocates pre­serve their human rights, as well as their indepen­dence and dignity, while undergoing medical care. The volume is an invaluable resource not only for patients and their families, but also for physicians, hospital administrators, medical and nursing students, and other healthcare workers. Among the helpful appen­dixes Annas includes are a discussion of internet resources and a pregnant patient’s bill of rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809325153
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 01/09/2004
Series: ACLU Handbook Series
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George J. Annas is the Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights at the Bos­ton University School of Public Health and chair of the Health Law Department at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a professor at the Boston University School of Law and the Boston University School of Medicine. The author of Judging Medicine, Standard Care, and Some Choice: Law, Medi­cine and the Market, he is a regular contributor to the New England Journal of Medicine and also a cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational association of lawyers and physicians working to­gether to promote human rights and health.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the ACLU Handbook Seriesix
I.Patient Rights1
II.The Patient Rights Advocate28
III.Reforming American Medicine44
V.Emergency Medicine89
VI.Informed Choice113
VII.Choices about Surgery and Children's Care141
VIII.Reproductive Health168
X.Medical Records224
XI.Privacy and Confidentiality246
XII.Care of the Dying273
XIII.Suffering, Pain, and Suicide298
XIV.Death, Organ Donation, and Autopsy316
XV.Patient Safety and Medical Malpractice337
A.Internet Resources365
B.Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine369
C.Childbearing Patient Bills of Rights375

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