Playing God: The New World of Medical Choices

Thomas Scully, Author, Colin Scully, Author, Celia G. Scully, Photographer Simon & Schuster $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-60144-7
Thomas Scully, former dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and his coauthor wife merit high praise for this guide. Referring to actual cases, they illustrate a patient's right to decide on medical treatments and to demand facts on which to base such decisions. The text contains advice on many bewildering aspects of health-care ethics: malpractice, unwarranted surgery, drug- or alcohol-impaired doctors, etc. There is also vital information on advantages and disadvantages of surrogate motherhood and other options for childless people. Readers find out, as well, how to execute a Living Will (a formal refusal of artificial methods to keep a brain-dead person alive), to prepare a consent for organ donations and like matters of legal concern. The authors seem to have left no questions unanswered in a manual that no one should be without. First serial to Redbook and Glamour. (January)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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