The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity Presents Dignity and Dying: A Christian Appraisal

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John Frederic Kilner, Arlene B. Miller, Edmund D. Pellegrino
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - 256 páginas
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Twenty leading experts in the bioethics debate here engage matters of dignity and dying from a Christian perspective. The book begins with essays by David Schiedermayer, Arlene Miller, and Gregory Waybright that root the book in the experience of dying itself. This is followed by contributions from Nigel Cameron, John Dunlop, Marsha Fowler, and Allen Verhey on the topics that provide the guiding vision for approaches to dignity and dying: autonomy, death, suffering, and faithfulness. Four of the most pressing end-of-life challenges-forgoing treatment, medical futility, definition of death, and assisted suicide/euthanasia-are then examined by John Kilner, Christopher Hook, Holly Vautier, and Edmund Pellegrino. The next section, with contributions from Ben Mitchell, Jerome Wernow, Arthur Dyck, and Henk Jochemsen, is devoted to investigations of key settings where people have wrestled with these challenges: Nazi Germany; Oregon; North American legal systems; and the Netherlands. Finally, the book concludes with discussions of five potentially constructive alternatives to the premature ending of life: hospice care (by Martha Twaddle); long-term care (by James Thobaben); wise advocacy (by James Reitman); parish nursing (by Norma Small); and congregational ministry (by Dennis Hollinger).
 

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A PHYSICIANS EXPERIENCE
3
A NURSES EXPERIENCE
11
A PASTORS EXPERIENCE
15
Guiding Vision
21
AUTONOMY AND THE RIGHT TO DIE
23
DEATH AND DYING
34
SUFFERING
44
FAITHFULNESS IN THE FACE OF DEATH
56
Particular Settings
121
NAZI GERMANYS EUPHEMISMS
123
OREGONS SOLUTION
135
NORTH AMERICAN LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
154
THE NETHERLANDS EXPERIMENT
165
Constructive Alternatives
181
HOSPICE CARE
183
LONGTERM CARE
191

Pressing Challenges
67
FORGOING TREATMENT
69
MEDICAL FUTILITY
84
DEFINITION OF DEATH
96
EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE
105
WISE ADVOCACY
208
PARISH NURSING
223
CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY
232
Index
243
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Director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity inBannockburn, Illinois.

Arlene B. Miller (R.N., Ph.D.) is retired from the Department of Nursing at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She continues to teach occasional classes there. Her books include Values in Conflict and Called to Care.

Edmund D. Pellegrino is the leading physician-philosopher of medicine in the United States. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was educated at St. John's University and received his M.D. from New York University in 1944. From 1959 to 1966 he was professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, where he was involved in introducing a medical-humanities curriculum. He then held a number of administrative positions: academic vice-president and dean of the School of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1966--73), chancellor and vice-president for health affairs at the University of Tennessee (1973--75), president of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center (1975--78), president of the Catholic University of America (1978--82), and director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University (1983-89). He is currently director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics at Georgetown University. During his career, Pellegrino has remained extremely active in professional societies for the medical humanities. He has also been a prolific author of medical articles, including articles on medical ethics and medical humanities, and he has written two books on the philosophy of medicine. Pellegrino is best known, however, as a dynamic lecturer to medical school faculties, medical students, and the general public on a wide variety of topics relevant to medical ethics and the philosophy of medicine. Although no books have been written about Pellegrino, the spring 1990 issue of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy is devoted to a discussion of his philosophy.

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