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Matters of Life and Death:
Making Moral Theory Work in Medical Ethics and the Law
David Orentlicher

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments vii
One: Introduction 1
PART ONE: THE APPROACH OF USING GENERALLY VALID RULES
Two: The Importance of Generally Valid Rules in Implementing Moral Principle 11
Three: The Absence of a Moral Distinction between Treatment Withdrawal and Assisted Suicide 24
Four: The Distinction between Treatment Withdrawal and Assisted Suicide as a Generally Valid Way to Distinguish between Morally Justified and Morally Unjustified Deaths 53
PART TWO: AVOIDING PERVERSE INCENTIVES
Five: The Implications for Practice of a Policy's Perverse Incentives 83
Six: Underlying Moral Principle Permits a Limited Legal Obligation for Pregnant Wowen to Accept Life-Saving Treatment for Their Fetuses 91
Seven: The Problems with a Legal Duty for Pregnant Wowen Because of Perverse Incentives 113
PART THREE: THE "TRAGIC CHOICES" MODEL
Eight: Avoiding Explicit Trade-offs through Implicit Choices 123
Nine: Limitations of the "Futility" Concept in Medical Treatment Decisions 132
Ten: Futility as a Way to Make "Tragic Choices" 153
Conclusion 167
Notes 171
Index 225

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