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Planning for Uncertainty: A Guide to Living Wills and Other Advance Directives for Health Care Paperback – September 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801846714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801846717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A helpful book for planning ahead... The authors are two U.S. family physicians who have done an admirable job of putting together some cogent advice for persons planning their health care direction and for the health professionals who might be advising them... Very clear descriptions are presented for the non-professional reader about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, ventilators, dialysis, enteral and parenteral nutrition, intravenous medication and hydration, autopsy, and organ donation. Hospice care is nicely outlined." -- Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

About the Author

David John Doukas, M.D., is assistant professor in the department of family practice at the University of Michigan Medical School and chair of the ethics committee at the Chelsea Community Hospital in Chelsea, Michigan. William Reichel, M.D., is director of the department of geriatrics and aging services at Boston Evening Medical Center, clinical professor of community health at Tufts University School of Medicine, and adjunct professor of family medicine at Brown University.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
The author's comments are right on target. If you want to debate the reasons to have these documents, weigh ethical considerations, and write a values statement, this is the book for you. But if you buy the book already convinced you need these documents and what you want is a detailed list of suggestions, customized wording, state-specific information and forms, this book is disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
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An excellent book that highlights how and why one can make decisions in end of life treatment. The book correctly sets aside the idiosyncracies of state forms (these are free from any doctor's office), and gets to the heart of _why_ to discuss this topic. This book is very helpful in starting and encouraging a conversation between family members and health care providers about what is important to the individual before and when the chips are down.
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Format: Paperback
John David Doukas, MD & William Reichel, MD
Planning for Uncertainty:
A Guide to Living Wills and other Advance Directives for Health Care

(Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins, UP, 1993) 147 pages
(ISBN: 0-8018-4670-6; hardcover)
(ISBN: 0-8018-4671-4; paperback)
(Library of Congress call number: KF3827.E87D68 1993)

An elementary presentation--using question-and-answer format--
of the basic facts about Advance Directives.
Generic forms are included at the end of this volume.
This book is probably too simple for most readers.
But it could be a place to begin
for someone who knows nothing about 'living wills', etc.

A revised and expanded edition has been published.

If you would like to read better books on Advance Directives,
search the Internet for the following exact phrase:
"Books on Advance Directives for Medical Care".

James Leonard Park, medical ethicist
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