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Ethics at the End of Life – New Issues and Arguments

This book has a philosophical approach to end of life care rather than a nursing focus.

This book has a philosophical approach to end of life care rather than a nursing focus.

It will be a useful read for any nurses caring for people at the end of their lives, especially when mental capacity is affected, or for nurses with a particular interest in ethics or decision-making at the end of life.

Despite the book’s title there are many aspects of its contents that have been covered elsewhere. Some topics are repeated in different chapters, which is frustrating.

The chapters about making decisions for the incompetent, medical futility and refusing lifesaving medical treatment are particularly useful as they are more clinical, with cases explaining the concept of the philosophy.

However, the most thought-provoking chapter was by Michael Cholbi on grief and end of life surrogate decision-making.

Ethics at the End of Life – New Issues and Arguments

John K Davis (Ed) | Routledge | 254pp | £85.00 | ISBN: 9781138829756


Reviewed by Claire Windsor, clinical nurse specialist, specialist palliative care team, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

 

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