" Cantor provides] both a cogent and provocative text and prodigious references." -- The New England Journal of Medicine
"Cantor develops a careful and accessible ethic of autonomy and dignity regarding forgoing life-prolonging medical treatment... " -- Ethics
"A thoughtful, informative and sensitive text... " -- European Medical Journal
"Professor Cantor of Rutgers University School of Law has created a scholarly and sophisticated, yet quite accessible, legal analysis of the subject of advance directives... detailed, exhaustively referenced... " -- The Florida Bar Journal
"This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about advance directives for health care." -- Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal
"Cantor provides a very thorough, reliable, and readable guide... " -- Robert M. Veatch, Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
Cantor examines the medical, legal, and moral issues surrounding advance medical directives -- those devices aimed at controlling medical intervention during the dying process after the patient is no longer competent.
INTRODUCTION: ON RESTRAINING LIFE-PRESERVING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 1. The Bounds of Autonomy for Competent Medical Patients 2. Advance Directives and Problems of Prospective Autonomy 3. Choosing the Best Format in Light of the Statutory Framework for Advance Directives 4. Drafting Advance Instructions 5. Interpretation and Administration of Advance Directives 6. The Moral Boundaries of Shaping Post-Competence Medical Care 7. Enforcing Advance Directives 8. New JerseyOs Model Legislation Appendix A: Advance Directive for Health Care Appendix B: Form Health-Care Power of Attorney Appendix C: The New Jersey Bioethics CommissionOs Combined Advance Directive for Health Care (Combined Proxy and Instruction Directive) Appendix D: A Values Profile Notes Index