Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, Seventh Edition

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-26
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical
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Make the right choice when facing ethical issues in clinical practiceClinical Ethicsteaches health care professionals how to effectively identify, evaluate, and resolve ethical issues in clinical medicine. Utilizing the author's acclaimed "four topics" method and numerous illustrative case examples, the book enables practitioners to gain a better understanding of complexities involved in ethical cases and proceed to find a solution for each case. A great new design featuring a 2-color presentation New and expanded coverage of cultural issues in medical ethics Extensive use of clinical case scenarios, allow you to apply the book's basic concepts to real world patient encounters Features the famous Four Topics Method, an easy approach used to identify, analyze, and resolve ethical problems in clinical medicine Current opinion on complex and controversial issues such as physician-assisted death, genetic testing and screening, and stem-celled transplantation Coverage of ethical considerations in research trials, palliative care, and other growing medical areas Practical coverage of all the important legal issuesThe content you need to make the right choice: Introduction; Indications for Medical Intervention;Preferences of Patients;Quality of Life;Contextual Features.

Author Biography

Albert Jonsen, PhD, is one of the world's leading experts on clinical ethics. Professor Emeritus at the UCSF School of Medicine, Dr. Jonsen developed the four-topic" approach to medical ethics that is more explicitly clinical and real world than the established approaches to the subject.

Mark Siegler, MD is Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and also a nationallyrenown expert on clinical ethics.

William Winslade, PhD, JD, is nationally known as a bioethicist and is Professor at theUniversity of Texas Medical Branch.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Four Topicsp. 2
Resources in Clinical Ethicsp. 5
Acknowledgementsp. 6
Bibliographyp. 7
The Four Topics Chartp. 8
Medical Indicationsp. 9
Indicated and Nonindicated Interventionsp. 18
Clinical Judgment and Clinical Uncertaintyp. 24
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Orders not to Resuscitate (DNR)p. 30
Medical Errorp. 39
Determination of Deathp. 40
Summaryp. 43
Pediatric Notesp. 44
Patient Preferencesp. 47
Informed Consentp. 51
Decisional Capacityp. 65
Decision Making for the Mentally Incapacitated Patientp. 80
Surrogate Decision-Makersp. 87
Failure to Cooperate in the Therapeutic Relationshipp. 92
Pediatric Notesp. 102
Quality of Lifep. 109
Divergent Evaluations of Quality of Lifep. 116
Enhancement Medicinep. 125
Compromised Quality of Life and Life-Sustaining Interventionsp. 126
Pain Relief for Terminally Ill Patientsp. 144
Medically Assisted Dyingp. 148
Care of the Dying Patientp. 155
Treatment of Attempted or Suspected Suicidesp. 156
Pediatric Notesp. 158
Contextual Featuresp. 161
Health Professionsp. 165
Other Interested Partiesp. 170
Confidentiality of Medical Informationp. 174
Economics of Clinical Carep. 181
Allocation of Scarce Health Resourcesp. 187
Influence of Religion on Clinical Decisionsp. 199
Role of Law in Clinical Ethicsp. 201
Clinical Researchp. 203
Clinical Teachingp. 211
Public Healthp. 214
Organizational Ethicsp. 219
Pediatric Notesp. 222
Locatorp. 225
Pullout Card-The Four Topics Chart
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