A Life and Death Decision

"This is the best account I have ever read of how a jury decides whether to impose a death sentence. We see the case from the jurors' multiple and sometimes inconsistent points of view.

Author: Scott E. Sundby

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466892269

Category: Law

Page: 240

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With a life in the balance, a jury convicts a man of murder and now has to decide whether he should be put to death. Twelve people now face a momentous choice. Bringing drama to life, A Life and Death Decision gives unique insight into how a jury deliberates. We feel the passions, anger, and despair as the jurors grapple with legal, moral, and personal dilemmas. The jurors' voices are compelling. From the idealist to the "holdout," the individual stories—of how and why they voted for life or death—drive the narrative. The reader is right there siding with one or another juror in this riveting read. From movies to novels to television, juries fascinate. Focusing on a single case, Sundby sheds light on broader issues, including the roles of race, class, and gender in the justice system. With death penalty cases consistently in the news, this is an important window on how real jurors deliberate about a pressing national issue.

Life and Death Decisions in the Clinical Setting

This book moves away from the frameworks that have traditionally guided ethical decision-making in the Western clinical setting, towards an inclusive, non-coercive and, reflective dialogic approach to moral decision-making.

Author: Paul Walker

Publisher:

ISBN: 9789811043024

Category: Bioethics

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This book moves away from the frameworks that have traditionally guided ethical decision-making in the Western clinical setting, towards an inclusive, non-coercive and, reflective dialogic approach to moral decision-making. Inspired in part by Jürgen Habermas's discourse theory of morality and principles of communicative action, the book offers a proportionist approach as a way of balancing out the wisdom in traditional frameworks, set in the actual reality of the clinical situation at hand. Putting this approach into practice requires having a conversation, a dialogue or a discourse, with collaboration amongst all the stakeholders. The aim of the dialogue is to reach consensus in the decision, via mutual understanding of the values held by the patient and others whom they see as significant. This book aims to underscore the moral philosophical foundations for having a meaningful conversation. Life and Death Decision in the Clinical Setting is especially relevant in our contemporary era, characterised medically by an ever-increasing armamentarium of life-sustaining technology, but also by increasing multiculturalism, a multiplicity of faiths, and increasing value pluralism.

Death and Decision

The issues discussed in this book demand the sensitive attention of doctors, theologians, philosophers, social workers, lawyers--of all those, in short, whose work brings them in contact with the kind of decision the voluntary termination ...

Author: Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780367017453

Category:

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Advances in technology have enabled the medical profession to keep people alive long after the normal possibilities of human living--and even of consciousness itself--have ceased. The Karen Quinlan case has focused public attention on the painful decision faced by those involved in such instances and on the intractability of the moral, medical, legal, and economic issues involved. These issues are not new; indeed, such problems are as old as death itself. But the burden laid on us by our own science, and by our own altered family structures, appears to be of a new order. It raises issues that intimately affect the quality of life in our society and that require new approaches. The issues discussed in this book demand the sensitive attention of doctors, theologians, philosophers, social workers, lawyers--of all those, in short, whose work brings them in contact with the kind of decision the voluntary termination of life represents.

The Right to Die

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Author: Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

Publisher: Jason Aronson

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 79

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Speaking for the Dying

This book shines a bright light on a role few of us will escape and offers steps that patients and loved ones, health care providers, lawyers, and policymakers could undertake before it is too late.

Author: Susan P. Shapiro

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226615608

Category: Medical

Page: 348

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Seven in ten Americans over the age of age of sixty who require medical decisions in the final days of their life lack the capacity to make them. For many of us, our biggest, life-and-death decisions—literally—will therefore be made by someone else. They will decide whether we live or die; between long life and quality of life; whether we receive heroic interventions in our final hours; and whether we die in a hospital or at home. They will determine whether our wishes are honored and choose between fidelity to our interests and what is best for themselves or others. Yet despite their critical role, we know remarkably little about how our loved ones decide for us. Speaking for the Dying tells their story, drawing on daily observations over more than two years in two intensive care units in a diverse urban hospital. From bedsides, hallways, and conference rooms, you will hear, in their own words, how physicians really talk to families and how they respond. You will see how decision makers are selected, the interventions they weigh in on, the information they seek and evaluate, the values and memories they draw on, the criteria they weigh, the outcomes they choose, the conflicts they become embroiled in, and the challenges they face. Observations also provide insight into why some decision makers authorize one aggressive intervention after the next while others do not—even on behalf of patients with similar problems and prospects. And they expose the limited role of advance directives in structuring the process decision makers follow or the outcomes that result. Research has consistently found that choosing life or death for another is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can face, sometimes haunting families for decades. This book shines a bright light on a role few of us will escape and offers steps that patients and loved ones, health care providers, lawyers, and policymakers could undertake before it is too late.

Euthanasia Death with Dignity and the Law

This book examines legal responses to euthanasia and whether legal reform is an appropriate response to calls for it to be more readily available.

Author: Hazel Biggs

Publisher: Hart Publishing

ISBN: 1841130915

Category: Law

Page: 187

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This book examines legal responses to euthanasia and whether legal reform is an appropriate response to calls for it to be more readily available.

Death Dying and the Ending of Life Volumes I and II

The two volumes of Death, Dying, and the Ending of Life present the core of recent philosophical work on end-of-life issues.

Author: Leslie P. Francis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351946064

Category: Law

Page: 1016

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The two volumes of Death, Dying, and the Ending of Life present the core of recent philosophical work on end-of-life issues. Volume I examines issues in death and consent: the nature of death, brain death and the uses of the dead and decision-making at the end of life, including the use of advance directives and decision-making about the continuation, discontinuation, or futility of treatment for competent and incompetent patients and children. Volume II, on justice and hastening death, examines whether there is a difference between killing and letting die, issues about physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and questions about distributive justice and decisions about life and death.