Tough Decisions

Tough Decisions : Cases in Medical Ethics

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Life is full of tough decisions that must be made ethically and under the pressures of time. This book places readers in realistic situation where they experience the difficulties of making tough medical decisions. The cases are composites of actual cases the authors have seen or managed. In the role of decision-maker, the reader helps to determine what happens in the case as his or her decision often shapes the course of events and the patient's outcome. This gives a compelling sense of the pressures that bear on clinical decision-making. The authors assume that the reader wants to do the right thing, but faces the problem of determining what the right thing will be when information is necessarily incomplete and the future unknown. Ethical theory emerges as others involved in the case offer different views of what is right in a particular medical situation. Two concluding chapters discuss the major theories of medical ethics, but there are no answers in the back of the book. Instead, the book will familiarize readers with some of the ethical principles and issues critical to the practice of medicine to patients and their families.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 2 figures
  • 0195090411
  • 9780195090413

Table of contents

Preface; A Note to the Reader; PART I DEATH AND DYING; 1. Maggie; 2. Jill; 3. Ed Martinez; PART II ADULTHOOD; 4. Leon; 5. Ms. Williams; 6. Wanda; 7. The Maxistop project; PART III CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE; 8. Joey, Jesica, Tom, and Marti; 9. Marti Revisited; 10. Tom Revisited; 11. Billy; 12. The Castelli Baby; 13. Christie; PART IV CONCEPTION AND GESTATION; 14. The Harrisons' Plans; 15. The Smyth Saga; 16. The Perfect Rexford; PART V HEALTH CARE REFORM AND ETHICAL THEORY; 17. Affordable Health Care; 18. Ethical Theory and Medical Ethics; 19. Making Moral Decisions: A Process Approach
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