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Ethics at the Bedside
Charles M. Culver, ed.




Dartmouth College Press
1990 • 222 pp. 6 x 9"
Medical Ethics

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-87451-627-2



“Outstanding essays that the medical professional and intelligent lay reader will find both instructive and entertaining...This book has the potential for enriching every clinician’s practice [and] affirms the importance of ethics training in medical school and residency for all practitioners.”—Journal of the American Medical Association

Twelve true stories of medical ethical dilemmas reveal how decisions are made in modern hospitals and demonstrate the role of ethics consultants

The life of an unconscious, terminally ill father is prolonged by his stubborn daughters over the advice of doctors.

Parents of a permanently unconscious child deny the hopelessness of her condition for seven years until faced with having to care for her at home.

A woman’s wish to die but still receive treatment for pain is at first not accepted by her doctor.

These are a few of the scenarios described in this emotionally engaging and thought-provoking book. Physicians, philosophers, theologians, and a legal expert recount a dozen revealing stories about how moral decisions are made in modern hospitals. As the question of medical treatment moves from what is possible to what is proper, more and more people will face the issues raised in this book, whether as patients, relatives, or practitioners.



CHARLES M. CULVER, recently chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH and a professor in psychiatry and medical ethics at Dartmouth College and in law at Vermont Law School, currently lives in Argentina. His involvement in numerous medical ethics projects there is helping to produce an inter-American dialogue and to shape the future of biomedical ethics in Latin America.






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