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"The United States spends an inordinate amount of time and resources on medical care for people near the end of their lives; yet, Americans do not live significantly longer than citizens of other Weste"
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Dr. Basta, a world-renowned cardiologist and cancer patient provides an eloquent review with case illustrations of how the medical profession and society have failed to ensure quality end-of-life care. He advocates an easily understandable, medical scenario-specific Advance Care Plan document and a Central Registry to ensure patients' control over their end-of-life medical care.From Library Journal:
High-tech medical interventions have helped save countless lives and contribute to increasing human lifespan. However, heroic techniques to prolong life in hopelessly ill patients often turn death into a medical nightmare. Cardiologist Basta explores the complex ethical, moral, economic, legal, and social issues surrounding death in the 1990s. Emphasizing the inability of today's living wills to express patient wishes about terminal care, he also chastises the medical community for failing to take a leadership role in restoring patient autonomy. Basta offers succinct, well-researched discussions of modern lifesaving technologies and their effect on the delivery of terminal care. However, some of his proposed remedies-a partnership between the medical community and the public to define medical futility and a universal living will-seem naive or impractical. Interesting but not essential.
Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Xlibris Corporation, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX073882660X
Book Description Xlibris Corporation, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M073882660X