Ethics and the Kidney by Norman LevinskyEthics and the Kidney by Norman Levinsky

Ethics and the Kidney

EditorNorman Levinsky

Hardcover | March 1, 2001

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This book provides a comprehensive review of ethical issues in clinical nephrology. With the advent of dialysis and kidney transplantation midway through the 20 Century, clinical nephrology was one of the first areas of medicine to deal with complex ethical issues such as rationing of healthcare and discontinuation of life-sustaining therapy. In the first section of the book this historical perspective is reviewed, followed by a consideration of legal issues. Specific ethical issues in nephrology are discussed in detail in the next section. These include problems in the allocation ofchronic dialysis and in termination of that treatment. Also reviewed are issues in kidney transplantation, such as proposals for enhanced acquisition of kidneys, including a number of controversial proposals such as payment to donors and xenotransplantation; and equity in allocation of the supply ofkidneys. Other chapters consider ethical issues in genetics; special problems in the care of children with kidney disease; and broad societal issues such as allocation of national resources for expensive therapies and economic issues in clinical practice. In the final part of the book ethical issuesin the care of patients with kidney disease are discussed from an Asian and African perspective.
Norman Levinsky is at Boston University Medical Center.
Title:Ethics and the KidneyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 9.45 × 6.5 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192631594

ISBN - 13:9780192631596


Table of Contents

PrefaceSome general considerationsRonald Baker Miller: Ethical theory and principlesBernard M. Dickens: Key legal issuesSpecific ethical issues in the care of patients with kidney diseaseEli A. Friedman: Must (should) all ESRD patients be treated?Norman G. Levinsky: Equity and patient autonomy in dialysisKerry W. Bowman and Peter A. Singer: End of life care in dialysisAcquisition of kidneys for transplantationNorman L. Levinsky: Xenotransplantation: an ethical dilemmaRobert A. Sells: Allocation of kidneys for transplantationRita Kielstein and Hans-Martin Sass: Genetics:ethical issues in kidney diseaseHoward Trachtman et al.: Special issues in the care of childrenSocietal and economic issuesWilliam M. Bennett: Economic issues in nephrology practice: ethical dilemmasEthical issues in non-western culturesJapanAtsushi Asai: Lei-Shi Li and Xiao-Dan Yao: ChinaVivekanand Jha and Kirpal S. Chugh: IndiaSarala Naicker: Africa

Editorial Reviews

"This excellent multiauthored book...The various contributers to this book are well known for their erudition and involvement with the issues they discuss...This book should be required reading."The Lancet