Good Death?: Law and Ethics in Practice (2013)

Editor(s): Hagger EL, Woods S

    Abstract: This interdisciplinary collection presents valuable discourse and reflection on the nature of a good death. Bringing together a leading judge and other legal scholars, philosophers, social scientists, practitioners and parents who present varying accounts of a good death, the chapters draw from personal experience as well as policy, practice and academic analysis.Covering themes such as patients’ rights to determine their own good death, considering their best interests when communication becomes difficult and the role and responsibilities of health professionals, the book outlines how ethical healthcare might be achieved when dealing with assisted suicide by organizations and how end of life services in general might be improved. It will be of interest to students and academics working the area of medical law and ethics as well as health professionals and policy-makers. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction, Lynn Hagger and Simon Woods; The right to demand treatment or death, James Munby; Redefining death?, Daniele Bryden; Defining personhood to death, John Erik Troyer; Suicide centres: a reasonable requirement or a step too far?, Lynn Hagger and Christoph Rehmann Sutter; Health economics: decisions and choices at the end of life, Vincent Kirkbride; The ‘good death’, palliative care and end of life ethics, Simon Woods; Children, law and a good death, Lynn Hagger; Practical realities of decision-making relating to end of life care, Jeff Perring; The story of Isabel, Sabine Vanacker; Index.

      • Number of Pages: 194
      • Publisher: Ashgate
      • Publication type: Edited book
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Dr Simon Woods
      PEALS Co-Director