Paperback / softback
September 2, 2016
9781626163553
English
168
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
.5 Pounds (US)
$29.95 USD, £22.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Hardback
September 12, 2016
9781626163546
English
168
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
.85 Pounds (US)
$89.95 USD, £67.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
October 6, 2016
9781626163560
English
168
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
$29.95 USD, £22.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Defining Death

The Case for Choice

New technologies and medical treatments have complicated questions such as how to determine the moment when someone has died. The result is a failure to establish consensus on the definition of death and the criteria by which the moment of death is determined. This creates confusion and disagreement not only among medical, legal, and insurance professionals but also within families faced with difficult decisions concerning their loved ones.

Distinguished bioethicists Robert M. Veatch and Lainie F. Ross argue that the definition of death is not a scientific question but a social one rooted in religious, philosophical, or social beliefs. Drawing on history and recent court cases, the authors detail three potential definitions of death — the whole-brain concept; the circulatory, or somatic, concept; and the higher-brain concept. Because no one definition of death commands majority support, it creates a major public policy problem. The authors cede that society needs a default definition to proceed in certain cases, like those involving organ transplantation. But they also argue the decision-making process must give individuals the space to choose among plausible definitions of death according to personal beliefs.

Taken in part from the authors' latest edition of their groundbreaking work on transplantation ethics, Defining Death is an indispensable guide for professionals in medicine, law, insurance, public policy, theology, and philosophy as well as lay people trying to decide when they want to be treated as dead.

About the Authors

Robert M. Veatch, PhD, is professor of medical ethics emeritus at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities. The author of fifty books, he is coauthor of Transplantation Ethics, Second Edition, with Lainie F. Ross. He serves on the United Network for Organ Sharing Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Transplant Community.

Lainie F. Ross, MD, is the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Children, Families and Health Care Decision-Making, Children in Medical Research: Access versus Protection, and coauthor of Transplantation Ethics, Second Edition, with Robert M. Veatch. She has served on the United Network for Organ Sharing Ethics Committee.

Reviews

"The authors, distinguished scholars of medical ethics, have proposed and defended a multiplex definition of death for death statutes. They argue that our liberal, pluralistic society should provide every citizen a personal choice in the definition of their death. Their provocative argument merits careful study by public policy experts." — James Bernat, Louis and Ruth Frank Professor of Neuroscience, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

"Veatch and Ross compellingly endorse a public policy that allows some room for individual choice in how death is declared. They base their endorsement on a thorough understanding and explication of the clinical, legal, social and philosophical issues in play." — Stuart Youngner, Professor of Bioethics, Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University

"Veatch and Ross take us on a journey to better understand what is significant to humans and what is at stake at the time of death. Readers will be fascinated by the evolution of the definition of death: from the well established heart-and lung-oriented concept to the still controversial whole-brain based definition and to the future hot topic concept of higher-brain death. By proposing individual choice among socially accepted definitions of death, the authors advocate for a fair, flexible approach to law and public policy in the pronouncement of death." — Ali Bagheri, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Georgetown University Press

9781626163546 : defining-death-veatch-ross
Hardback
168 Pages
$89.95 USD
9781626163553 : defining-death-veatch-ross
Paperback / softback
168 Pages
$29.95 USD
9781626163560 : defining-death-veatch-ross
Electronic book text
168 Pages
$29.95 USD

Other Titles by Robert M. Veatch

Transplantation Ethics, Second Edition

Robert M. Veatch
Mar 2015 - Georgetown University Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$119.95 USD - Hardback
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text

Hippocratic, Religious, and Secular Medical Ethics

Robert M. Veatch
Oct 2012 - Georgetown University Press
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text

Transplantation Ethics

Linda M. Ohler
Jan 2002 - Georgetown University Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles by Lainie F. Ross

Transplantation Ethics, Second Edition

Robert M. Veatch
Mar 2015 - Georgetown University Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$119.95 USD - Hardback
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in MEDICAL / Ethics

Feeding the World Well

edited by Alan M. Goldberg
Oct 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$64.95 USD - Hardback
$64.95 USD - Electronic book text

Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response

edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies
May 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$12.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$0.0 USD - Electronic book text

Malignant

Vinayak K. Prasad, MD, MPH
Apr 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$32.95 USD - Hardback
$32.95 USD - Electronic book text