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.
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 Series||ix|
|II.||The Patient Rights Advocate||28|
|III.||Reforming American Medicine||44|
|VII.||Choices about Surgery and Children's Care||141|
|XI.||Privacy and Confidentiality||246|
|XII.||Care of the Dying||273|
|XIII.||Suffering, Pain, and Suicide||298|
|XIV.||Death, Organ Donation, and Autopsy||316|
|XV.||Patient Safety and Medical Malpractice||337|
|B.||Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine||369|
|C.||Childbearing Patient Bills of Rights||375|