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Death : an introduction to medical-ethical dilemmas

by Altman, Linda Jacobs, 1943-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Non-Fiction 179.7 ALT
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  179.7 ALT
 
 
Summary
Though death is a fact of life that we will all have to face one day, it is a difficult subject for people to discuss. Linda Jacobs Altman describes some of the controversial medical issues surrounding this subject, such as euthanasia and the right to die. She also takes us through the beliefs of different religions, discussing each group's idea of what happens to us after we die. Altman's straightforward text creates a better understanding of this sensitive subject.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-12. Altman's multifaceted exploration of death gives readers much to consider. Beginning with descriptions of how a person dies, Altman generates a fascination for the topic that persists through discussion of physical, psychological, moral, and cultural issues, and makes clear that patients and health-care professionals must face ethical challenges as never before. She provides examples of many dilemmas--including those surrounding Karen Ann Quinlan, Ryan White, Derek Humphry, and Jack Kevorkian--which add to the debate without belaboring any one point. She also includes a section on the stages of death as determined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a look at cultural rituals surrounding death, and an exploration of the afterlife as depicted in literary and religious texts. Every chapter is filled with insight and information, the impact of which will surely last long after the book is closed. --Roger Leslie"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Issues in focus (Hillside, N.J.)
Subjects Children and death -- Juvenile literature.
Death -- Psychological aspects -- Juvenile literature.
Death -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Juvenile literature.
Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Juvenile literature.
Death.
Publisher Berkeley Heights, NJ :Enslow Publishers,2000
Language English
Description 112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 109) and index.
ISBN 0766012468
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