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A Good Death? Law and Ethics in Practice

Edited by: Lynn Hagger and Simon Woods

ISBN13: 9781409420897
Published: January 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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This interdisciplinary collection presents valuable discourse and reflection on the nature of a good death. Bringing together a leading judge and other legal scholars, philosophers, social scientists, practitioners and parents who present varying accounts of a good death, the chapters draw from personal experience as well as policy, practice and academic analysis.

Covering themes such as patients' rights to determine their own good death, considering their best interests when communication becomes difficult and the role and responsibilities of health professionals, the book outlines how ethical healthcare might be achieved when dealing with assisted suicide by organizations and how end of life services in general might be improved. It will be of interest to students and academics working the area of medical law and ethics as well as health professionals and policy-makers.

Medical Law
Introduction, Lynn Hagger and Simon Woods
The right to demand treatment or death, James Mumby
Redefining death?, Daniele Bryden
Defining personhood to death, John Erik Troyer
Suicide centres: a reasonable requirement or a step too far?, Lynn Hagger and Christoph Rehmann Sutter
Health economics: decisions and choices at the end of life, Vincent Kirkbride
The 'good death', palliative care and end of life ethics, Simon Woods
Children, law and a good death, Lynn Hagger
Practical realities of decision-making relating to end of life care, Jeff Perring
The story of Isabel, Sabine Vanacker