Lofty Basta A Graceful Exit

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A Graceful Exit

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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 Western countries. What are the motivations of this death-denying culture? How can we deal with the complexities of medical care as life unavoidably comes to a close? How can we resolve the controversies that complicate medical decisions in the presence of advanced age or end-stage disease? A Graceful Exit: Life and Death on Your Own Terms addresses the difficult issue inherent to an aging society - the right to control one's death. Many Americans are executing living wills to be spared the indignities of futile medical treatment. Current living wills, however, have proven to be nearly useless in guiding care. Dr. Lofty Basta, a renowned physician specializing in cardiology, frankly explains that most patients of advanced age or disease are incompetent to make health care decisions, or incapable of evaluating treatment options. This book provides examples of living wills that are clear, valid, and applicable to many medical situations, and is supported by intimate case histories that illustrate various problems. As a sidebar, the author relates how different Western countries are dealing with this controversial issue. A Graceful Exit is a provocative resource to the medical community, hospital administrators or members of ethics committees, politicians, the clergy, civic leaders, and all who wish to control their medical treatment near the end of life.

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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.

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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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