Tough Decisions: Cases in Medical Ethics

Paperback | October 15, 2000

byJohn M. Freeman, Kevin McDonnell

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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. Inthe 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 dothe 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 concludingchapters 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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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. Inthe role of decision-maker, the reader helps ...

John Freeman is at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kevin McDonnell is at Saint Mary's College.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019509042X

ISBN - 13:9780195090420

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Table of Contents

Part I Death And Dying1. Maggie2. Jill3. Ed MartinezPart II Adulthood4. Leon5. Ms. Williams6. Wanda7. The Maxistop projectPart III Childhood and Adolescence8. Joey, Jessica, Tom, and Marti9. Marti Revisited10. Tom Revisited11. Billy12. The Castelli Baby13. ChristiePart IV Conception and Gestation14. The Harrisons' Plans15. The Smyth Saga16. The Perfect RefordPart V Health Care Reform and Ethical Theory17. Affordable Health Care18. Ethical Theory and Medical Ethics19. Making Moral Decisions: A Process Approach

Editorial Reviews

"This book is indispensible for young doctors, interns, and other medical staff."--The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Winter 2002