The Woman Who Decided to Die: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine

The Woman Who Decided to Die: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine

by Ronald Munson
ISBN-10:
019533101X
ISBN-13:
9780195331011
Pub. Date:
03/27/2009
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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The Woman Who Decided to Die: Challenges and Choices at the Edges of Medicine

Advances in medical technology force us to struggle with new and often gut-wrenching decisions. How do we know when someone is dead and not just in a coma? Should a convicted felon qualify for a new heart? In The Woman Who Decided to Die, novelist and medical ethicist Ronald Munson takes readers to the very edges of medicine, where treatments fail and where people must cope with helplessness, mortality, and doubt. Using personal narratives that place us right next to doctors, patients, and care givers as they make decisions, Munson explores ten riveting case-based stories, told with a writer's eye for illuminating detail. These include a young woman with terminal leukemia more worried about her family than herself, a stepfather asked to donate a liver segment to his stepson, a student who believes she is being controlled by invisible Agents, and a psychiatrist-patient who prizes his autonomy until the end. Raising fundamental questions about human relationships, this is an essential book about the very nature of life and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195331011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/27/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ronald Munson is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Medicine at University of Missouri-St. Louis. His books include the award-winning Raising the Dead: Organ Transplants, Ethics, and Society (OUP, 2002); Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics; and the novels Nothing Human, Fan Mail, and Night Vision.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opens up many questions for discussion about death and dying, and who is charge, who makes the decisions regarding life and death.