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Culture of death : the assault on medical ethics in America

Author: Wesley J Smith
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Encounter Books, ©2000.
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"When his teenaged son Christopher, brain-damaged in an auto accident, developed a 106-degree fever following weeks of unconsciousness, John Campbell asked the attending physician for help. The doctor's response: Why bother? The boy's life was effectively over. Campbell refused to accept this death sentence. He threatened legal action and the doctor finally relented. With treatment, Christopher's temperature  Read more...
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Smith, Wesley J.
Culture of death.
San Francisco, Calif. : Encounter Books, c2000
(OCoLC)622819885
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wesley J Smith
ISBN: 1893554066 9781893554061 189355449X 9781893554498
OCLC Number: 45208043
Notes: Includes index.
Notes: p. 249-273.
Description: xv, 285 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Harsh medicine --
Live unworthy of life --
The price of autonomy --
Creating a duty to die --
Organ donors or organ farms? --
Protecting animals at the expense of people --
Toward a "human rights" bioethics --
The payoff from animal research.
Responsibility: Wesley J. Smith.

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"When his teenaged son Christopher, brain-damaged in an auto accident, developed a 106-degree fever following weeks of unconsciousness, John Campbell asked the attending physician for help. The doctor's response: Why bother? The boy's life was effectively over. Campbell refused to accept this death sentence. He threatened legal action and the doctor finally relented. With treatment, Christopher's temperature subsided almost immediately. Soon he regained consciousness and today he is learning to walk again." "This story is one of many Wesley J. Smith recounts in Culture of Death." "In this deeply felt but coolly argued book, he goes behind the scenes of our health care system to show how a new, self-proclaimed elite of "bioethicists" threaten patient welfare by undermining the Hippocratic Oath."--BOOK JACKET.

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