Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics: A Short Introduction

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In a world of rapid technological advances, the moral issues raised by life and death choices in healthcare remain obscure. Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics provides a concise, thoughtful and extremely accessible guide to these moral issues.
Helen Watt examines, using real-life cases, the range of choices taken by healthcare professionals, patients and clients which lead to the shortening of life. The topics looked at include:
* euthanasia and withdrawal of treatment
* the persistent vegetative state
* abortion
* IVF and cloning
* life-saving treatment of pregnant women
Clearly written and insightful, Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics presupposes no prior knowledge of philosophy. It will be of interest to anyone confronting healthcare ethics for the first time, or seeking to develop his or her understanding of some core topics in the field.

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Helen Watt is Research Fellow at the Linacre Centre for Health Care Ethics in London.

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This concise work is a gem...it is clearly written and manages to develop in an engaging and philosophically cogent way key truths central to understanding major issues of life and death in health care ethics..
The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Autumn 2001

...the underlying approach presented in this book will be relevant to healthcare workers in many situations. A ethical framework has been presented which will have application to all healthcare decision making. Helen Watt has written this book to enable people working in health care to find answers to some very significant questions... I can recommend this book as a very useful, easily accessible resource book for health care workers.
–Mary Byrne, Bioethics Outlook

This small, slim book can only be commended... For students who want- or need- a very basic text to introduce them to the subject, I could not recommend anything better.
–Verena Tschudin, Nursing Ethics

Helen Watt's Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics is the sort of book that has been needed for some time. It is a fresh and challenging re-examination of core topics in medical ethics, containing arguments that no student of the subject can ignore. The book is an exciting alternative to the staple fare on offer, and will prove ideal as an introductory text for students of medical ethics whether in philosophy or in medicine, nursing and allied fields.
–David S. Oderberg, University of Reading

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