This is a wonderful nonfiction book about the art of ethical care in Canada. Given our culture of death and euthanasia, it can be difficult to maintain our values as Canadians. This book discusses all the ethics that are involved in such topics.
Medical science continues to advance to unimagined heights in its diagnostic and treatment capabilities. With these advances, however, come unexpected ethical dilemmas for practitioners, patients and families.
In this book, Dr. Hebert approaches these questions of pressing and fundamental importance from the dual point of view of physician and patient. With remarkable balance and sensitivity, he explores a range of politically, constitutionally, and ethically contentious matters, including assisted suicide, treatment refusal and suspension, and the overall allocation of medical resources.
Also contained in this book are deeply moving stories. How wonderful to read about stories that have so much reality to them, and ones that we can remember for a long time to come!
Hebert also offers insight into the relationship between patients and medical professionals and guides the readers towards the open and empathetic communication needed to ensure good medicine for everyone.
Given my background in medical ethics, I can see how this book will be very important in the future for all Canadians. I found the book complemented a few of my last publications on patient-centered medicine over the past few years.
I loved the book and will be refereeing it to my students for many years to come as well to my friends who are interested in the complex relationship between patient and physician.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth