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.
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Contents: Volume I: Series preface; Introduction: death and consent; Part I Death: The Nature of Death: On defining a 'natural death', Daniel Callahan; Why is death bad?, Anthony L. Brueckner and John Martin Fischer; Some puzzles about the evil of death, Fred Feldman; Brain Death and the Uses of the Dead: Brain death and personal identity, Michael B. Green and Daniel Wikler; Brain death: a durable consensus?, Daniel Wikler; The dead donor rule: should we stretch it, bend it, or abandon it?, Robert M. Arnold and Stuart J Youngner; Some must die, Stuart J. Youngner. Part II Decision-Making at the End of Life: Competent Patients: Medical paternalism, Allen Buchanan; Arrogance, Franz J. Inglefinger; Depression, competence and the right to refuse life-saving medical treatment, Mark D. Sullivan and Stuart J. Youngner; Advance Directives: Do-not-resuscitate orders: no longer secret but still a problem, Stuart J. Youngner ; Advance directives and the personal identity problem, Allen Buchanan; Why I don't have a living will, Joanne Lynn; Incompetent Patients: Deciding for others, Alan Buchanan and Dan Brock; The severely demented, minimally functional patient: an ethical analysis, John D. Arras; Terminating life-sustaining treatment of the demented, Daniel Callahan; Quality of life and non-treatment decisions for incompetent patients: a critique of the orthodox approach, Rebecca S. Dresser and John A. Robertson; Continued treatment of the fatally ill for the benefit of others, Mark Yarborough; The problem of proxies with interests of their own: toward a better theory of proxy decisions, John Hardwig; Courts, gender and 'the right to die', Steven H. Miles and Allison August; Children: Moral and ethical dilemmas in the special-care nursery, Raymond S. Duff and A.G.M. Campbell; Involuntary euthanasia of defective newborns: a legal analysis, John A. Robertson; Toward an ethic of ambiguity, John D. Arras; Futility: Judging medical futility: an ethical analysis of medical power an