eBook Medical Futility: A Cross-National Study, 1st Edition

  • Published By: Imperial College Press
  • ISBN-10: 184816999X
  • ISBN-13: 9781848169999
  • DDC: 174.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 312 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Medical futility is a controversial issue not only in its definition but also in its application. There are few books on the subject, and those in existence mostly focus on the situation in the United States. This title, however, provides extensive international perspectives on medical futility. This book will benefit healthcare professionals as well as health policy makers around the world. It allows them to see how different countries approach the issue of medical futility and their experiences in dealing with this issue. The complexity of the issue, and in particular how some countries innovatively address it in an ethically sound manner, is clearly presented.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Editor.
1: So-Called Futile Care: The Experience of the United States.
2: The Reality of Medical Futilit (Dysthanasia) in Brazil.
3: Medical Futility and End-of-life Issues in Belgium.
4: The Concept of Medical Futility in Venezuela.
5: Medical Futility in the Russian Federation.
6: Medical Futility in Australia.
7: Medical Futility in Japan.
8: Medical Futility in China: Ethical Issues and Policy.
9: Medical Futility in Korea.
10: Medical Futility from the Swiss Perspective.
11: Medical Futility in Turkey.
12: Medical Futility in the United Arab Emirates.
13: Medical Futility in Iran.