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Making Medical Decisions for the Profoundly Mentally Disabled
Author: Norman L. Cantor

ISBN: 9780262513272
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6 August 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
Description:
In this book, Norman Cantor analyzes the legal and moral status of people with profound mental disabilities--those with extreme cognitive impairments that prevent their exercise of medical self-determination. He proposes a legal and moral framework for surrogate medical decision making on their behalf. The issues Cantor explores will be of interest to professionals in law, medicine, psychology, philosophy, and ethics, as well as to parents, guardians, and health care providers who face perplexing issues in the context of surrogate medical decision making. The profoundly mentally disabled are thought by some moral philosophers to lack the minimum cognitive ability for personhood. Countering this position, Cantor advances both theoretical and practical arguments for according them full legal and moral status. He also argues that the concept of intrinsic human dignity should have an integral role in shaping the bounds of surrogate decision making. Thus, he claims, while profoundly mentally disabled persons are not entitled to make their own medical decisions, respect for intrinsic human dignity dictates their right to have a conscient...

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