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Author Smith, Stephen W
Title End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care : Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Descript 1 online resource (368 pages)
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Series Cambridge Bioethics and Law ; v.18
Cambridge Bioethics and Law
Note Cover -- End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care -- Cambridge Bioethics and Law -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Table of cases -- Acknowledgements -- 1: Introduction -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Some definitional concerns -- Part I -- 2: Moral status -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Some initial thoughts -- 3: Species and speciesism -- 4: Preference based on characteristics -- 5: Central cases -- 6: A multi-criterial system for moral status -- 7: Conclusion -- 3: The value of life -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The sanctity versus quality of life debate -- 3: The fundamental problem -- 4: Returning to basics -- 5: A new way of valuing life -- 6: Benefits of the new approach -- 7: Conclusion -- 4: Killing versus letting die and moral responsibility -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The act/omission distinction -- 3: Intention and foresight -- 4: Keeping the distinction between killing and letting die -- 5: Moral responsibility -- 6: A final criticism -- 7: Conclusion -- 5: Autonomy and paternalism -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The concept of autonomy -- 3: Regulating autonomy -- 4: Conclusion -- 6: Beneficence, non-maleficence and harm -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The concept of harm and the principle of non-maleficence -- 3: The principle of beneficence -- 4: Death as a harm or a benefit -- 5: Conclusion -- 7: Dignity -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Category/definitional issues -- 3: Philosophical justifications for dignity -- 4: An alternative justification for dignity -- 5: Two possible problems -- 6: Conclusion -- 8: A comprehensive ethical approach -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Moral status -- 3: Autonomy -- 4: Harm and benefit -- 5: The value of life -- 6: Dignity -- 7: Moral responsibility -- 8: Specific practices -- 9: Conclusions -- Part II -- 9: Introduction to Part II -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Important differences between law and ethics -- 3: Issues specific to law
4: General evidentiary sources -- 4.1 The Netherlands surveys -- 4.2 Annual governmental reports -- 4.3 The Angels of Death study -- 5: The types of regulatory mechanisms -- 6: Conclusion -- 10: Protection of patients -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The prevention of suicide -- 2.1 Rational suicide -- 2.2 Preventing suicide in practice -- 2.3 Conclusions about the prevention of suicide -- 3: The protection of vulnerable groups -- 3.1 How end-of-life decisions may adversely impact vulnerable groups -- 3.2 Available evidence -- 3.3 Argument in favour of assisted dying practices -- 3.4 Conclusions about the protection of vulnerable groups -- 4: Conclusions about the protection of patients -- 11: The impact on health-care practitioners -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Direct impact upon health-care practitioners -- 2.1 'Playing God' -- 2.2 The distrust of health-care professionals -- 2.3 Psychological effects -- 2.3.1 The psychological effect of taking part -- 2.3.2 The pressure to take part -- 3: Professionalism of the euthanasia underground -- 4: Professional codes of conduct -- 5: Conclusion -- 12: Greater societal issues -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The wider community -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 Immediate groups -- 2.3 Regional or national societal groups -- 2.4 Conclusions about the wider community -- 3: Investigation and prevention of illegal conduct -- 3.1 Reporting systems -- 3.1.1 Description of current reporting systems in the Netherlands and Oregon -- 3.1.2 Evaluation of reporting systems -- 3.2 The Dutch reporting rate -- 3.3 The usefulness of the Oregon reports -- 3.4 Other problems with reporting systems -- 3.5 Prosecution and conviction of illegal activity -- 4: Conclusion -- 13: Slippery slope arguments -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Slippery slope arguments -- 3: The logical 'slippery slope' argument -- 4: The empirical slippery slope argument -- 5: Conclusion
14: Necessary procedural protections -- 1: Introduction -- 2: The request -- 3: Procedures leading to death -- 4: Reporting, investigation and judgment -- 5: Conclusion -- 15: Conclusions -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Summary of arguments -- 3: A model for going forward -- 4: Final conclusions -- Bibliography -- Index
Stephen W. Smith explores the legal and ethical issues involved in end-of-life decision making
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Smith, Stephen W. End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care : Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2012 9781107005389
Subject Euthanasia.;Right to die
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