A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1991
“Throughout the past two decades, when medical ethics has had a renaissance, Robert Veatch has been a leading contributor to its dialogue and advance. This collection of his work shows the breadth and the cogency of his thinking. . . . it is a book worth having.” —Journal of the American Medical Association
“ . . . a fascinating dissection of almost every aspect of the doctor-patient relationship. . . . strongly recommended reading for all health care workers interested in this rapidly evolving field.” —Queen’s Quarterly
“This outstanding discussion of important current medical issues is a valuable addition to academic and professional libraries.” —Choice
“ . . . an important contribution to bioethics . . . certain to provoke controversy in the field.” —Medical Humanities Review
“Lucid and well-argued . . . ” —Religious Studies Review
This book heralds the imminent demise of "doctor knows best." In it, Robert M. Veatch proposes a postmodern medicine in which decisions about patient care will routinely involve both doctor and patient—not only in ethically complex cases such as the termination of life-sustaining treatment, but in everyday care as well.