The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice
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Physician-assisted Dying by Timothy E. Quill
Book DescriptionDespite a growing consensus that effective palliative care should be a core element in the treatment of all terminally ill patients, challenging questions remain about the physician's role in helping suffering patients end their lives. Physician-assisted dying remains one of the most controversial issues facing doctors, lawmakers, and patients today, and the need for intelligent and informed opinion on both sides of the debate is greater than ever. In this volume, a distinguished group of physicians, ethicists, lawyers, and activists come together to present the case for the legalization of physician-assisted dying, for terminally ill patients who voluntarily request it. To counter the arguments and assumptions of those opposed to legalization of assisted suicide, the contributors examine ethical arguments concerning self-determination and the relief of suffering; analyze empirical data from Oregon and the Netherlands; describe their personal experiences as physicians, family members, and patients; assess the legal and ethical responsibilities of the physician; and discuss the role of pain, depression, faith, and dignity in this decision. Together, the essays in this volume present strong arguments for the ethical acceptance and legal recognition of the practice of physician-assisted dying as a last resort-not as an alternative to excellent palliative care but as an important possibility for patients who seek it. Contributors: Marcia Angell, Anthony L. Back, Charles H. Baron, Andrew I. Batavia, Tom L. Beauchamp, Els Borst-Eilers, Dan W. Brock, Christine K. Cassel, Eric J. Cassel, Barbara Coombs-Lee, Linda Ganzini, Peter Goodwin, Martin Gunderson, Gerrit K. Kimsma, Sylvia A. Law, David Mayo, Alan Meisel, Robert A. Pearlman, Thomas Preston, John Shelby Spong, Helene Starks, Eli D. Stutsman, Kathryn L. Tucker, Johannes J. M. Van Delden, Herman H. van der Kloot Meijburg, Evert van Leeuwen, Jaap J. F. Visser
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801880704
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Timothy E. Quill
Palliative Care and Ethics, Paperback (March 2016)
The practice of palliative care and hospice is filled with overt and sometimes covert ethical challenges. These challenges are addressed by leading international palliative care and hospice scholars under three main domains: care delivery systems; addressing the many dimensions of suffering; and difficult decisions near the end of life.
Midwife through the Dying Process, Paperback (November 2001)
Here are the stories of nine individuals and their very different endings, common only in each person's struggle to confront issues of law and ethics and to realize a "good"death.
Caring for Patients at the End of Life, Paperback (March 2001)
This book uses easily accessible clinical stories about severely ill patients and their families to illustrate and explore the challenge and potential of end-of-life care, including: 1) the values that underlie medical humanism, 2) communication issues for clinicians, patients and families, and 3) challenging clinical and ethical issues.
Death and Dignity, Paperback (January 1995)» View all books by Timothy E. Quill
"For me Dr. Quill is a hero-a physician with a head and a heart." -Betty Rollin, author of Last Wish
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Author Biography - Timothy E. Quill
Timothy E. Quill, M.D., is a professor of medicine, psychiatry, and medical humanities at the University of Rochester and author of A Midwife through the Dying Process, also available from Johns Hopkins. Margaret P. Battin, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and an adjunct professor of medical ethics at the University of Utah. She is the author of The Least Worst Death.
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