The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics, Politics, and Death in the 21st Century

Hardcover | November 12, 2009

EditorKenneth Goodman

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The case of Terri Schiavo, a young woman who spent 15 years in a persistent vegetative state, has emerged as a watershed in debates over end-of-life care. While many observers had thought the right to refuse medical treatment was well established, this case split a family, divided a nation,and counfounded physicians, legislators, and many of the people they treated or represented. In renewing debates over the importance of advance directives, the appropriate role of artificial hydration and nutrition, and the responsibilities of family members, the case also became one of history'smost extensively litigated health care disputes. The Case of Terri Schiavo assembles a team of first-hand participants and content experts to provide thoughtful and nuanced analyses. In addition to a comprehensive overview, the book includes contributions by Ms. Schiavo's guardian ad litem, a neurologist and lawyer who participated in the case,and scholars who examine issues related to litigation, faith, gender, and disability. The volume also includes a powerful dissent from the views of many scholars in the bioethics community. The book is intended for students, health care professionals, policy makers, and other in search of carefullyreasoned analyses of the case that will shape our view of death and end-of-life medical care for decades.

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The case of Terri Schiavo, a young woman who spent 15 years in a persistent vegetative state, has emerged as a watershed in debates over end-of-life care. While many observers had thought the right to refuse medical treatment was well established, this case split a family, divided a nation,and counfounded physicians, legislators, and m...

Kenneth Goodman is Director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Miami.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:November 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of Contributors1. Kenneth W. Goodman: Terri Schiavo and the Culture Wars: Ethics vs. Politics2. Jay Wolfson: At Theresa Schiavo's Bedside: A Guardian's Role and Reflections3. Daniel N. Robinson: Schiavo, Privacy, and the Interest of Law4. Kathy L. Cerminara: The Schiavo Maelstrom's Potential Impact on the Law of End-of-Life Decision-Making5. Jon B. Eisenberg: The Continuing Assault on Personal Autonomy in the Wake of the Schiavo Case6. Ronald E. Cranford: A Common Uniqueness: Medical Facts in the Schiavo Case7. Laurie Zoloth: Crossing the Borderlands at Nightfall: New Issues in Moral Philosophy and Faith at the End of Life8. Lawrence J. Nelson: Disability Rights and Wrongs in the Terri Schiavo Case9. Robin N. Fiore: Framing Terri Schiavo: Gender, Disability, and Fetal Protection10. Robert M. Walker and Jay Black: Terri Schiavo and Televised News: Fact or Fiction?Appendix: Timeline of Key Events in the Case of Theresa Marie SchiavoIndex