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The Dependent Elderly - Luke Gormally

The Dependent Elderly

By: Luke Gormally (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1992
ISBN: 9780521415316
Number Of Pages: 212

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This thoughtful and compassionate account addresses some of the difficult ethical and medical issues raised in the provision of health care for the dependent elderly patient. Care of the dependent elderly is subject to conflicting priorities arising from the demands of patients, their relatives, the fair allocation of medical and financial resources, and the medical ethos to prolong life. A distinguished team of contributors, selected from the fields of medicine, philosophy, ethics, and law, discuss and critically evaluate these issues. This volume will provide a focus for further debate and interest in this important subject.

From the hardback review: '... an excellent new book on the subject ... informative and challenging ... deserves careful reading and reflection ... I warmly recommend this book.' Bernadette Tobin, Bioethics Outlook From the hardback review: '... a fair amount of food for thought ... a useful collection of contributions to several debates.' Journal of Medical Ethics

List of contributors
Introductionp. 1
Difficult choices in treating and feeding the debilitated elderlyp. 11
The American debate about artificial nutrition and hydrationp. 28
Reflections on Horan and Boylep. 47
The Living Will: the ethical framework of a recent reportp. 53
Some reflections on euthanasia in The Netherlandsp. 70
Is there a policy for the elderly needing long-term care?p. 101
Is it possible to provide good quality long-term care without unfair discrimination?p. 114
The prospects for long-term care: current policy and realistic alternativesp. 123
What is required for good quality in long-term care of the elderly?p. 140
Should age make a difference in health care entitlement?p. 147
Economic devices and ethical pitfalls: quality of life, the distribution of resources and the needs of the elderlyp. 158
The Aged: non-persons, human dignity and justicep. 181
Economics, justice and the value of life: concluding remarksp. 189
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780521415316
ISBN-10: 0521415314
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 28th August 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48