The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions by Carl E. Schneider

The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions

byCarl E. Schneider

Hardcover | August 1, 1998

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This is a book written across the grain of contemporary ethics, where the principle of autonomy has triumphed.It is an attempt to see the law of medicine, the principles of bioethics, and the encounter between doctor and patient from the patient's point of view. While Schneider agrees thatmany patients now want to make their own medical decisions, and virtually all want to be treated with dignity and solicitude, he argues that most do not want to assume the full burden of decision-making that some bioethicists and lawyers have thrust upon them. What patients want, according toSchneider, is more ambiguous, complicated, and ambivalent than being "empowered." In this book he tries to chart that ambiguity, to take the autonomy paradigm past current pieties into the uncertain realities of modern medicine.

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Carl E. Schneider is at University of Michigan.
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Title:The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical DecisionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.5 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195113977

ISBN - 13:9780195113976

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Table of Contents

1. The Autonomy Paradigm2. Patients Preferences About Autonomy: The Empirical Evidence3. The Reluctant Patient: Can Abjuring Autonomy Make Sense?4. How Can They Think That: Of Information, Control, and Complexity5. Reconsidering Autonomy: Evaluating the Arguments For Mandatory Autonomy6. Beyond the Reluctant Patient: Autonomy in New Times

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"This book raises important questions about the relationship between ethical theory and daily practice. Schneider's critical exploration of both the principle of autonomy and the clinical practice will inspire bioethicists and lawyers as well as all professionals who work with patients." --Bert Molewijk, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal 3: 2000