A Good Death? Law and Ethics in Practice by Simon Woods, Lynn Hagger

By Simon Woods, Lynn Hagger

This interdisciplinary assortment offers useful discourse and mirrored image at the nature of a superb dying. Bringing jointly a number one pass judgement on and different felony students, philosophers, social scientists, practitioners and fogeys who current various debts of a great demise, the chapters draw from own adventure in addition to coverage, perform and educational analysis.

Covering subject matters equivalent to sufferers’ rights to figure out their very own sturdy loss of life, contemplating their most sensible pursuits whilst communique turns into tricky and the position and obligations of future health execs, the booklet outlines how moral healthcare can be accomplished while facing assisted suicide by way of corporations and the way finish of lifestyles providers more often than not could be more desirable. it will likely be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers operating the realm of clinical legislation and ethics in addition to future health execs and policy-makers.

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Brain death: A clinical and pathological study. Journal of Neurosurgery, 35, 211–18. 19 Bagheri, A. 2006. Individual choice in the definition of death. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33, 146–9. Redefining Death? 27 stopped beating rather than after. An additional definition of death, which allowed death to occur before the heart stopped beating, was a neat way of tying up these two ‘loose ends’. Though some authors have disputed this,20 correspondence from Henry Beecher, who became the Harvard committee chairman, suggested that this linkage was very much at the forefront of his thinking: ‘The time has come for a further consideration of the definition of death.

P. 1999. Discontinuation of ventilation after brain stem death. British Medical Journal, 318, 1753–5. Redefining Death? 34 The implications of adopting such an approach are manifold. For example, there is a strong legal consensus that there is no right to demand treatment35 and to require treatment for BSD individuals would also raise issues of distributive justice: individuals with a real chance of recovery may have this jeopardized because intensive care beds are ‘blocked’ by the ventilated dead.

Non-heartbeating Organ Transplantation: Medical and Ethical Issues in Procurement. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. 47 Supra n. 7. , Arnold, R. A. 1999. When is dead? Hastings Center Report, 29, 14–21. 49 Supra n. 14. 50 Supra n. 46, at p. 52. 51 Harris, J. 2003. Organ procurement: Dead interests, living needs. Journal of Medical Ethics, 29, 130–34. Redefining Death? 52 However, this has yet to receive judicial support. The principle of pre-mortem bodily preparation was put to the test in the ‘Exeter Protocol’, where patients dying from irrecoverable neurological conditions on hospital wards were removed to intensive care units for elective ventilation in order for brain death to supervene and their organs to be subsequently removed for transplantation purposes.

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