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Hardcover | $8.75 Short | £6.95 | ISBN: 9780262033312 | 320 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 2005
Paperback | $4.75 Short | £3.99 | ISBN: 9780262513272 | 320 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 2009

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Making Medical Decisions for the Profoundly Mentally Disabled

About the Author

Norman L. Cantor is Professor of Law and Justice Nathan Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law.


“When was the last time you opened a book and realized that what you were reading would actually help you to improved the lives of persons to whom you owe special care? Norman Cantor, a professor of law at Rutgers University, has written such a book.”—Patricia Backlar, New England Journal of Medicine


“Autonomy rules American bioethics, but as Norman Cantor demonstrates in this wonderfully lucid and compelling book, it is human dignity that ultimately marks the obligations of medical decision makers for the profoundly mentally impaired patient. Cantor's careful scholarship will be of tremendous help to U.S. courts (and care providers) in their ongoing effort to apply the 'best interests of the patient' standard in the context of medical care, end-of-life decisions, organ donation, and human experimentation.”
George J. Annas, Boston University School of Public Health, author of American Bioethics: Crossing Human Rights and Health Law Boundaries
“Norman L. Cantor tackles the most vexing problem of health care decision making: how to make decisions for people who cannot make them for themselves. At first glance, this issues would seem to be of interest only to bioethics and physicians. But as the decline of mental faculties concurrent with aging, serious illness, or both is something that no one can count on avoiding, this should be amatter of concern to all. After decades of wandering in the woods, there is finally an overarching approach to this problem in Cantor's work.”
Alan Meisel, Professor of Law and Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote Professor of Bioethics, University of Pittsburg
“Norman L. Cantor has long been one of the leading contributors to the literature on legal and ethical issues in end-of-life care. Making Medical Decisions for the Profoundly Mentally Disabled is the first systematic treatment of this increasingly important issue, and should contribute to improvements in medical practicee and public policy.”
Dan W. Brock, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School
“Going beyond his earlier work Cantor has produced a provocative set of general principles for surrogate decision making drawn from an extensive and critical review of American law on the subject.”
Charles H. Baron, Boston College Law School