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Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care

Susan P. Shapiro


Seventy percent of Americans age 60 or over requiring decisions about medical treatment in the final days of life lack capacity to make these decisions. The biggest life-and-death decisions of their lives—literally—had to be made by someone else. Yet despite their critical role, we know remarkably little about these surrogate decision makers, the process they follow, the criteria they consider, the choices they make, and the challenges they face. Drawing on observations of two diverse intensive care units, day after day, for more than two years, this book exposes how and why surrogates navigat ... More

Keywords: End-of-life decisions, Surrogate decision maker, Intensive care unit, Decision-making criteria, Advance directives, Patients, Physicians, Health care providers, Lawyers, Bioethicists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226615608
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226615882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan P. Shapiro, author
American Bar Foundation