Despite the best efforts of medical ethicists over the past quarter century, the ethical challenges surrounding dying and death in the clinical setting remain largely unresolved, and little sustained attention has been paid to how thinking about death relates to and affects clinical practice. The reality is that people die, and that dying patients are not people for whom nothing can be done. Death in the Clinic provides medical students, residents, and educators a framework within which to explore and address this reality, while existential and philosophical questions about death will recommend the book to chaplains, social workers, palliative care clinicians, nurses, and clinical ethicists. Death in the Clinic fills a gap in contemporary medical education by explicitly addressing the concrete clinical realities about death with which practitioners, patients, and their families continue to wrestle.
Lynn A. Jansen is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Medicine, New York Medical College.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Public Meaning of Death Chapter 3 Some Reflections on Whether Death is Bad Chapter 4 Defining Death Part 5 Facing Death in the Clinic Chapter 6 Against the Right to Die Chapter 7 The Skull at the Banquet Chapter 8 Influence of Mental Illnes on Decision-Making at the End of Life Chapter 9 Creative Adaptation in Aging and Dying: Ethical Imperative or Impossible Dream? Chapter 10 Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Not a Metaphor for End-of-Life-Care Chapter 11 After Death: Respect and Cultural Norms Chapter 12 Training on Newly Deceased Patients: An Ethical Analysis Chapter 13 Appendix: Abstracts of the Chapters Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Contributors