Standard of Care

Standard of Care : The Law of American Bioethics

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Using courtroom resolutions of real bioethical disputes as its focus, Standard of Care explores the fundamental value conflicts confronting medicine and society. This case-based approach illuminates the value choices with which the power of modern medicine confronts us. The author urges health professionals to go beyond the minimalist legal "standard of care" by promoting a vigorous, patient-centered medical ethics based on both respect for the human rights of individual patients and resposibility to society. If modern medicine is to enhance human life, a reconceptualization of law as the beginning of ethical discourse, rather than as an instrument to end it, is more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Revised ed.
  • 019512006X
  • 9780195120066

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" one of the top bioethicists in the US.... covers a wide range of issues in bioethics and the law. Every essay is interesting, important, and finely crafted.... highly recommended." --Choice"Skillfully written in a clear, deliberate, fast-moving style.... recommended." --Burleigh Trevor-Deutsch, PhD, LLB, Canadian Medical Association Journal"Standard of Care brings together Annas's best essays in a well-organized and superbly crafted book that focuses on the most compelling ethical and legal issues of our time.... exceptionally well annotated, reflecting extensive research. Annas's lucid and cogent discussions draw from the legal, ethical, philosophical, sociopolitical, and economic literature.... Annas's thoughtfulness and intelligence are evident.... a pleasure to read. Annas is both concise and thorough. For those in the field of bioethics, this book is a must." --Theodore LeBlang, The New England Journal of Medicine"This book is nothing if not up to date. But it is more.... the discussions are articulate, well researched, and clearly thought through.... puts the ethical basis of a host of modern medical problems in a legal setting that clarifies, not confuses, extraordinarily complex issues. It is understandable; it tells it like it is. Buy it." --JAMA"The book is well structured and carefully organized. References are pertinent and adequate.... contributes significantly to bioethics literature." --Diane Kondratowicz, MA, AM (Loyola Univ Medical Center), Doody's Journal"This collection is a monument to the genre of constitutional rights-based health law writing in America.... Part one perhaps best illustrates Annas's strength - subjecting judicial reasoning to piquant analysis and framing certain practices in starkly provocative terms..." --Dermot K. Feenan, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law"A lively, insightful, and thought-provoking critique of our society's resort to law for the resolution of a variety of contemporary bioethical dilemmas.... Along with intellectual incisiveness, the author brings humanity and compassion to his subjects.... A true literary pleasure, both because the author's writing style is clear and engaging and because the essays are rich in literary allusions and analogies.... A valuable contribution to the field....I highly recommend the book for anyone-lay or professional-who wishes to deepen his or her understanding of American bioethics." --Charity Scott, JD, American Journal of Preventive Medicine"Recommended as a book that alerts the reader to the wide-ranging debate concerning the interface between law, medicine and ethics. At the same time, it provides some guidelines for future legal decision-making in respect of these difficult issues." --Peter J.M. McFarlane, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, BioethicsReviwed in Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more

About George J. Annas

George Annas, J.D., M.P.H., is the Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, and Director of the Law, Medicine and Ethics Program, Boston University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Law. He wrote a regular feature on health law and bioethics for The Hastings Center Report from 1976 to 1991, and since then has written regularly on "Legal Issues in Medicine" for the New England Journal of more

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