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Life and Death in Intensive Care

Life and Death in Intensive Care - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-1592133369

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ISBN13: 978-1592133369
ISBN10: 1592133363
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Temple University Press
Published: 2005
International: No

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Life and Death in Intensive Care - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-1592133369

Joan Cassell

ISBN13: 978-1592133369
ISBN10: 1592133363
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Temple University Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

Life and Death in Intensive Care offers a unique portrait of the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), the place in medical centers and hospitals where patients with the gravest medical conditions-from comas to terminal illness-are treated. Author Joan Cassell employs the concept of ''moral economies'' to explain the dilemmas that patients, families, and medical staff confront in treatment. Drawing upon her fieldwork conducted in both the United States and New Zealand, Cassell compares the moral outlooks and underlying principles of SICU nurses, interns, doctors, and surgeons. Using real life examples, Life and Death in Intensive Care clearly presents the logic and values behind the SICU as well as the personalities, procedures, and pressures that characterize every case. Ultimately, Cassell demonstrates the differing systems of values, and the way cultural definitions of medical treatment inform how we treat the critically ill.

Author Bio

Joan Cassell is a Research Associate in the Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. She is the author of Expected Miracles: Surgeons at Work (Temple) and, most recently, The Woman in the Surgeon's Body.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Moonscape: The Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

Chapter 1 A Caring Ethic: Nurses and the Dilemma of Powerlessness.

Chapter 2 The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Residents.

Chapter 3 Diverse Universes of Medical Discourse: The Fellows. C.

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