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Casebook on the termination of life-sustaining treatment and the care of the dying
Cohen, Cynthia B.
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press ; Briarcliff Manor : Hastings Center, 1987.
Physical Description:
xii, 159 pages ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Companion v. to: Guidelines on the termination of life-sustaining treatment and the care of the dying.

Includes index.
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
Guidelines on the termination of life-sustaining treatment and the care of the dying.

Format :

On Order



"The cases are presented in a concise and interesting manner... highlights the emerging consciousness of the importance of the contractual arrangement between physician and patient... " --Journal of the American Medical Association

"The cases presented are interesting ones, and the commentaries are uniformly lucid.... Highly recommended... " --Religious Studies Review

"Cohen contributes a well-selected collection of cases and commentaries which are presented in a crisp style... it is likely to have a real impact." --Ethics

Twenty-six reports based on actual cases with expert commentary that illuminate the ethical, medical, legal, and psychological contours of dilemmas surrounding termination of treatment decisions. Cases involve patients, families, physicians, nurses, lawyers, and health care administrators. A companion volume to the Hastings Center's Guidelines.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Making Treatment Decisions-The Decisionmaking Process
1 Whose Decision? The Case of Roy GantosSusan M. Wolf
2 A Question of Capacity: The Case of Megan O'RourkeDan W. Brock
Part 2 Specific Treatment Modalities
A Long-Term Life-Supporting Technology-Ventilators And Dialysis
3 Communication Problems: The Case of Horace BerlinEric J. Cassell
4 Ethics or the Law? The Case of Susan PagariHarold Edgar
5 Pirate's Beer: The Case of Richard FallonBruce Jennings
6 But He Never Told Me Not To: The Case of Jim AdamsEric J. Cassell
B Emergency Interventions-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation And Life-Threatening Bleeding
7 Was She Ready to Die? The Case of Grandmother ChangRuth Oratz
8 The Patient as Stranger: The Case of Mr. JaworskiDavid H. Miller
9 I've Lived Long Enough: The Case of Sarah GreenPaul Homer and Harry R. Moody
10 Life Versus Religious Liberty: The Case of Jamal BurkeSusan M. Wolf
C Medical Procedures For Supplying Nutrition And Hydration
11 Too Sick to Eat: The Case of JosephDaniel Callahan
12 No Patient of Mine Will Ever Starve to Death!: The Case of Mrs. FranklinLois K. Evans
D Antibiotics And Other Life-Sustaining Treatment
13 Shadows from the Holocaust: The Case of Rachel and DavidBruce Jennings
14 The Old Man's Friend: The Case of Carl JurgenEllen Olson
E Pallative Care And The Relief Of Pain
15 Gambling on Palliation: The Case of Doris Van CleveRuth Oratz
16 Morpheus or Death: The Case of Nicholas MiklovichJoanne Lynn
Part 3 Prospective Planning: Advance Directives
17 Poetic License: The Case of TheoCynthia B. Cohen
18 Macho Man: The Case of Antonio Ruiz
Part 4 Declaring Death
19 Crossing Over: The Case of Mrs. LarsonRonald E. Cranford
20 The Long Dying: The Case of Flip HarrowRobert M. Veatch
Part 5 Policy Considerations
A Ethics Committees
21 By What Authority? The Case of Mario CostanzaCynthai B. Cohen
22 Too Terrible to Accept: The Case of Maisie WedmoreRonald E. Cranford
B Institutional Policies For Patient Admissions And Transfers
23 No Place Else to Go: The Case of Ernest BrownJoanne Lynn
24 Trapped in the System: The Case of Sam JonesMathy Mezey
C The Use Of Economic Considerations In Decisions Concerning Life-Sustaining Treatments
25 The Costs of Addiction: The Case of Rita AndersonRobert M. Veatch
26 When Is Patient Care Not Costworthy? The Case of Gertrude HandelDan W. Brock