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Intensive Care : Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession - Robert Zussman

Intensive Care

Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession

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Published: 1st January 1992
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In riveting case studies, Robert Zussman describes how medical decisions in ICUs are considered and reconsidered, made and remade, negotiated and renegotiated. He concentrates on the "practice" of medical ethics, on the ways in which right and wrong are interpreted and used in the ward--how definitions of right and wrong emerge from the social situations of patients, families, doctors, and nurses and from the workings of hospitals and the courts.
His book is a portrait of the way careful planning is undermined by the unpredictability of illness and the persistence of self-interest, by high principle and curious compromise.

Acknowledgments
Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession
Intensive Care
The Moral Order of Intensive Care
The Patient
Doctors: The Banality of Heroism
The Nurse's Dilemma
Patienthood and the Culture of Rights
Patients and Families
Medical Ethics: Triage and the Limitation of Treatment
"Penguins in the Basement"
Uncertainty, the Social Organization of Medicine, and Limitation of Treatment
Withholding, Withdrawing, and the "Terminal" Patient
Ethics, Families, and Technical Reason
The "Do Not Resuscitate" Order as Ritual
"A Legal Thing"
The Last Bed 15: Medicine's Two Cultures
On Method
General Index
Index of Doctors, Nurses, Patients, and Families of Patients
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ISBN: 9780226996356
ISBN-10: 0226996352
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition