End-Of-life Decisions: A Psychological Perspective
From Book News, Inc. Describes the wide range of emotional and psychiatric issues faced by the patient, family, and physician that affect choices patients make to limit treatment or seek physician assistance in dying. Topics range from dealing with issues of terminal illnesses in children, to making difficult treatment decisions for patients with AIDS; from judging the competency of clinically depressed patients for making sound decisions, to understanding the influence of family dynamics, economic forces, and language differences on doctor-patient communication. Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Synopsis In recent years, the lens of the media has narrowed issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide to a drama involving two players: Dr Kevorkian and the law. This has left suffering patients and their families unrecognised and isolated when facing the most painful life decision. - Here at last is a book that addresses the role of psychiatry in dealing with a major, controversial topic in American medicine today - treatment decisions at the end of life. End-of-Life Decisions: A Psychosocial...