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End-of-life decisions in medical care
Stephen W. Smith

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End-of-life decisions in medical care
principles and policies for regulating the dying process
Stephen W. Smith

Published 2012 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Those involved in end-of-life decision making must take into account both legal and ethical issues. This book starts with a critical reflection of ethical principles including ideas such as moral status, the value of life, acts and omissions, harm, autonomy, dignity and paternalism. It then explores the practical difficulties of regulating end-of-life decisions, focusing on patients, healthcare professionals, the wider community and issues surrounding 'slippery slope' arguments. By evaluating the available empirical evidence, the author identifies preferred ways to regulate decisions and minimise abuses at the end of life, and outlines an ethical theory which can provide practical guidance for those engaged in end-of-life decisions"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

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Moral status
The value of life
Killing versus letting die and moral responsibility
Autonomy and paternalism
Beneficence, non-maleficence and harm
A comprehensive ethical approach
Introduction to Part Two
Protection of patients
The impact on health care practitioners
Greater societal issues
Slippery slope arguments
Necessary procedural protections

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Cambridge bioethics and law, Cambridge bioethics and law


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