Ethics and Law for the Health Professions. Third Edition

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The author is an experienced certified registered nurse       between ethical principles and legal principles and to
anaesthetist who hopes to “give the perianesthesia            be a book useable by all healthcare professionals and
care professional a starting point – a reference for the      by lawyers. It well and truly achieves these objectives.
care of a patient with an uncommon disease”.                  The fact that it is written by Australians makes it so
   The book contains concise information on 91                much more valuable as there can be major differences,
uncommon diseases selected by the author and                  especially in law, which can detract from the relevance
presented in alphabetical order from Achalasia                of overseas publications.
to Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. The diseases are                  The first few chapters give a basic but thorough
each presented in a standardised format under the             introduction to ethics and law and the remainder
headings of definition, incidence, aetiology, signs and       of the book deals with a very comprehensive list of
symptoms, medical management, complications and               topics including consent, confidentiality, abortion,
anaesthesia implications. The information is generally        euthanasia, brain death, organ transplantation, end-
brief, coherent and relevant but in many cases loses its      of-life issues, aboriginal health and almost any aspect
impact due to the author’s penchant for alphabetical          of health care where ethical and legal considerations
bullet-lists. Thus symptoms, signs and complications          are important.
are listed alphabetically with no indication of which            The book is well set out, well indexed and well
are the more common or important in relation to the           referenced. The format of the chapters dealing with
particular disease, its investigation or management.          clinical problems is to start with some brief scenarios
The management and recommendations tend to                    or case histories, then deal comprehensively with the
reflect the nature and organisation of anaesthesia
                                                              ethical issues followed by the legal issues. This works
practice in the United States. There are, however,
                                                              very well and makes the book easy to use as a reference
some very useful summary tables and boxes scattered
                                                              and to find relevant material. There is some repetition
throughout the book that provide very concise
                                                              in topics that spill over to other areas, for example
information on aspects of individual diseases.
                                                              organ donation from a living child is dealt with in
Interestingly malignant hyperthermia, while it is
                                                              both the chapter on children and the chapter on organ
mentioned in passing in relation to a few diseases,
does not rate a section o
				
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