Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity

Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity

Cantor, Norman L.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1993
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-31304-1
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[Cantor provides] both a cogent and provocative text and prodigious references." —The New England Journal of Medicine

Cantor develops a careful and accessible ethic of autonomy and dignity regarding forgoing life-prolonging medical treatment... " —Ethics

A thoughtful, informative and sensitive text... " —European Medical Journal

Professor Cantor of Rutgers University School of Law has created a scholarly and sophisticated, yet quite accessible, legal analysis of the subject of advance directives... detailed, exhaustively referenced... " —The Florida Bar Journal

This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about advance directives for health care." —Doody’s Health Sciences Book Review Journal

Cantor provides a very thorough, reliable, and readable guide... " —Robert M. Veatch, Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Cantor examines the medical, legal, and moral issues surrounding advance medical directives—those devices aimed at controlling medical intervention during the dying process after the patient is no longer competent.

Author Bio

NORMAN L. CANTOR is Professor of Law and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, and is also a member of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. He served as an advisor to counsel in the Karen Ann Quinlan case and as advisor to the New Jersey Bioethics Committee. He is author of Legal Frontiers of Death and Dying and numerous law journal articles covering legal aspects of death and dying.

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Table of Contents


1. The Bounds of Autonomy for Competent Medical Patients
2. Advance Directives and Problems of Prospective Autonomy
3. Choosing the Best Format in Light of the Statutory Framework for Advance Directives
4. Drafting Advance Instructions
5. Interpretation and Administration of Advance Directives
6. The Moral Boundaries of Shaping Post-Competence Medical Care
7. Enforcing Advance Directives
8. New Jersey’s Model Legislation

Appendix A: Advance Directive for Health Care
Appendix B: Form Health-Care Power of Attorney
Appendix C: The New Jersey Bioethics Commission’s Combined Advance Directive for Health Care (Combined Proxy and Instruction Directive)
Appendix D: A Values Profile