The Moral Challenge Of Alzheimer Disease

Author: Stephen G. Post
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801870151
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Society today, writes Stephen Post, is "hypercognitive": it places inordinate emphasis on people's powers of rational thinking and memory. Thus, Alzheimer disease and other dementias, which over an extended period incrementally rob patients of exactly those functions, raise many dilemmas. How are we to view—and value—persons deprived of what some consider the most important human capacities? In the second edition of The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease, Post updates his highly praised account of the major ethical issues relating to dementia care. With chapters organized to follow the progression from mild to severe and then terminal stages of dementia, Post discusses topics including the experience of dementia, family caregiving, genetic testing for Alzheimer disease, quality of life, and assisted suicide and euthanasia. New to this edition are sections dealing with end-of-life issues (especially artificial nutrition and hydration), the emerging cognitive-enhancing drugs, distributive justice, spirituality, and hospice, as well as a critique of rationalistic definitions of personhood. The last chapter is a new summary of practical solutions useful to family members and professionals. -- Peter M. Jucovey

Genetic Testing For Alzheimer Disease

Author: Stephen Garrard Post
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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The genetics of Alzheimer disease has been a point of intense concern and immense informational confusion for families in which a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. In recent years, however, scientists have begun to uncover the genetic bases for some forms of Alzheimer disease. Once a chromosomal defect is identified, it becomes possible to devise a test for its presence. The far-reaching implications of such tests are the focus of the present volume. In Genetic Testing for Alzheimer Disease, Stephen G. Post and Peter J. Whitehouse bring together experts from the fields of ethics, genetics, policy, neurology, philosophy, and anthropology to examine the ethical and social aspects of genetic testing for Alzheimer disease. The authors begin by focusing on current genetic findings and their clinical applicability. They then address ethical issues in genetic testing and genetic counseling for Alzheimer disease. They examine social issues such as confidentiality, discrimination, and fairness in health care. Finally, they discuss ways to educate professionals and laypeople regarding these issues. Contributors: Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D.?Thomas D. Bird, M.D. ? Robert Mullan Cook-Deegan, M.D.? Leonard Fleck, Ph.D. ? Atwood D. Gaines, Ph.D, M.P.H. ? Eric T. Juengst, Ph.D. ? Harry Karlinsky, M.D. ? Steven Miles, M.D. ? Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D. ? Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. ? Kimberly A. Quaid, Ph.D. ? Allen D. Roses, M.D. ? Greg A. Sachs, M.D. ? Peter H. St. George-Hyslop, M.D. ? Bonnie Steinbock, Ph.D. ? Arthur B. Zinn, M.D., Ph.D.

Ethical Issues In Neurology

Author: James L. Bernat
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 9780781790604
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Written by an eminent authority from the American Academy of Neurology's Committee on Ethics, Law, and Humanities, this book is an excellent text for all clinicians interested in ethical decision-making. The book features outstanding presentations on dying and palliative care, physician-assisted suicide and voluntary active euthanasia, medical futility, and the relationship between ethics and the law. New chapters in this edition discuss how clinicians resolve ethical dilemmas in practice and explore ethical issues in neuroscience research. Other highlights include updated material on palliative sedation, advance directives, ICU withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy, gene therapy, the very-low-birth-weight premature infant, the developmentally disabled patient, informed consent, organizational ethics, brain death controversies, and fMRI and PET studies relating to persistent vegetative state.

Quality Of Life

Author: James J. Walter
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809131914
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For the first time this book brings together many of the important essays that have shaped the debate on the quality of life.

African American Perspectives On Biomedical Ethics

Author: Harley Flack
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9780878405329
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By analyzing the amalgam of Greek philosophy, Jewish and Christian teachings, and secular humanism that composes our dominant ethical system, the authors of this volume explore the question of whether or not Western and non-Western moral values can be commingled without bilateral loss of cultural integrity. They take as their philosophical point of departure the observation that both ethical relativism and ethical absolutism have become morally indefensible in the context of the multicultural American life, and they variously consider the need for an ethical middle ground.

Aging Caring For Our Elders

Author: David N. Weisstub
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401706751
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Positive conceptions of ‘healthy aging’ are rightly displacing negative ageist perceptions of older members of our society. Nevertheless, at some stage, most elderly citizens will require some form of assistance from other members of society. When the body or mind begins to fail, a legitimate need for intervention and care will arise. This second volume on Aging discusses this theme.

Life And Death

Author: Dan W. Brock
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521428330
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Dan Brock explores the moral issues raised by new ideals of shared decision making between physicians and patients.

Ethics Law And Aging Review Volume 7

Author: Marshall B. Kapp, JD, MPH, FCLM
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826115799
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Health care and human service professionals often experience anxiety about potential adverse legal repercussions for actions taken or not taken in the course of caring for patients or clients. In this volume, professionally distinguished and diverse authors discuss both the real and perceived legal liability context within which health and human service delivery to older persons takes place. The benefits and costs of litigious, legislative, and regulatory interventions on the quality of care and the quality of life for recipients of geriatric services is evaluated. Most important, chapters present suggestions for ways to effectively reduce or manage legal risks and anxieties while improving patient care. This volume fills a gap in the literature by providing careful and accurate analysis of legal issues rarely translated into practical and useful advice for health care and human service professionals.