Mark R. Wicclair Ethics and the Elderly

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Ethics and the Elderly

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With the increasing growth of the elderly population, geriatric care is becoming eminently important not only to medical professionals but also to all those involved in caring for the elderly including social workers, nursing home staff, and relatives. This timely work confronts in a clear and systematic fashion the many ethical issues concerning care for the elderly. For instance, what is sound ethical decision-making in relation to life-sustaining medical treatment for elderly patients? At a time when aging of the population is increasing the demand for health care, is age-rationing a justified means of cost control? How can investigators satisfy ethical requirements in relation to medical or social-scientific research with elderly subjects, and what special precautions are needed when elderly persons are ill, demented, dependent on social services, and/or institutionalized? What are the responsibilities of adult children toward frail elderly parents? How can professionals and relatives determine whether paternalism toward an elderly person is ethically justified? In an accessible way, this book explains the ethical and conceptual issues at stake. Several specific examples are also presented and each chapter ends with an extensive case study and analysis. This timely work will be a valuable resource for all those involved in geriatric care and to many in the field of bioethics.

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Mark R. Wicclair, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Center for Health Ethics and Law at West Virginia University. Ath the University of Pittsburgh, he is Visiting Professor of Medicine and History and Philosophy of Science, and Associate of the Center for Medical Ethics.

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"Useful, thought-provoking discussions. Each chapter is extensively referenced. . . . the author uses clearly understood cases to illustrate these germane topics. . . . contains a great deal of information." --Ann Rudinger, MD, Doody's Journal

"Timely and relevant for health care professionals....Readable and comprehensive....A rich resource. Recommended for health professionals and others interested in elderly care." --Choice

"This work confronts in a systematic manner the many ethical issues concerning care for older persons....In an accessible way...explains the ethical and conceptual issues at stake. Several key examples are presented, and each chapter ends with an extensive case study and analysis." --Issues in
Law and Medicine

"Wicclair is adept at revealing problems, drawing distinctions, and thereby clarifying the issues involved." Thomas G. Buller, Medical Humanities Review

"Among the better books...written on medical ethics and the elderly....I can think of no book that more carefully sorts out the essential literature, or that assesses this literature more competently."--Religious Studies Review

Reviewed in The Gerontologist

"As the literature of bioethics grows, it becomes increasingly important to ask what contribution a new book on this topic makes and who would find it worthwhile to read. In the case of this book, the answer is straightforward. Ethics and the Elderly is versatile enough not only to serve as
a good general introduction to many of the main issues in contemporary bioethics for a reader whose primary field of interest is geriatrics, but also to make enough original contributions to be of interest to a reader whose primary field of interest is ethics....Whether you are a geriatrician or
gerontolgist interested in learning about ethics from a geriatric perspective perspective, or an ethicist interested in geriatric issues, you will find this book worthwhile reading."--Academic Medicine

"This is an extremely useful text. It is readable and will serve as a guide and an excellent teaching resource." -- Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed in Journal of Long-Term Home Health Care

"Accessible not only to scholars in philosophy and ethics but also to health professionals."--Ethics

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