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Planning for Uncertainty: Living Wills and Other Advance Directives for You and Your Family (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)

David John Doukas, William Reichel

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ISBN 10: 0801886082 / ISBN 13: 9780801886089
Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
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Title: Planning for Uncertainty: Living Wills and ...

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 2007

Book Condition: Fair

Edition: 2nd Edition.

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It won’t happen to me.

I’m too busy to worry about a living will.

My family will know what to do.

No one wants to plan for death or incapacitating illness. But, as the emotional legal battle in the Terri Schiavo case made all too clear, people of all ages need to document and communicate clear decisions about the final details of their lives while they are healthy and have time to fully consider their own values and preferences.

Here, Drs. David Doukas and William Reichel help individuals make decisions and communicate their wishes to health care providers and family members and other loved ones.

Drs. Doukas and Reichel use a question-and-answer format to guide readers through the process―emphasizing the crucial connection between values and treatment preferences. They explain advance directives and the health care decision-making process, including the values history, family covenants, proxies, and proxy negation. The appendix includes resources and Web links for learning about advance directive requirements and obtaining legal forms in all fifty states.

This practical guide helps people navigate the important but often intimidating process of thinking about, and planning for, an uncertain future.

About the Author:

David John Doukas, M.D., is the William Ray Moore Endowed Chair of Family Medicine and Medical Humanism, professor and chief of the Division of Medical Humanism and Ethics in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, and a member of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law at the University of Louisville. He is also the chair of the University of Louisville Health Care Ethics Committee. William Reichel, M.D., is an affiliated scholar at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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