Deciding for Others
The Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making
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Deciding for Others by Allen E. Buchanan
Book DescriptionThis book is the most comprehensive treatment available of one of the most urgent - and yet in some respects most neglected - problems in bioethics: decision-making for incompetents. Part I develops a general theory for making treatment and care decisions for patients who are not competent to decide for themselves. It provides an in-depth analysis of competence, articulates and defends a coherent set of principles to specify suitable surrogate decisionmakers and to guide their choices, examines the value of advance directives, and investigates the role that considerations of cost ought to play in decisions concerning incompetents. Part II applies this theoretical framework to the distinctive problems of three important classes of individuals, many of whom are incompetent: minors, the elderly and psychiatric patients. The authors' approach combines a probing analysis of fundamental issues in ethical theory with a sensitive awareness of the concrete realities of health care institutions and the highly personal and individual character of difficult practical problems. Its broad scope will appeal to health professionals, moral philosophers and lawyers alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521324229
(216mm x 138mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Allen E. Buchanan
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States, Nations and Borders, Paperback (March 2003)
This volume examines the views of seven prominent ethical traditions on the making and unmaking of boundaries.
From Chance to Choice, Paperback (November 2001)
A treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to humans, first published in 2000.
In Harm's Way, Hardback (June 1994)» View all books by Allen E. Buchanan
This 1994 volume contains fifteen essays by leading philosophers exploring themes developed in the work of Joel Feinberg.
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