The Right To The Truth
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“A surgeon argues passionately for doctors to notify cancer patients of their condition so they can make informed treatment decisions...A valuable plea for honesty between medical professionals and their patients.” — Kirkus Reviews
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a. Short Description:Provocative book reveals widespread abuse of cancer patients' rights
b. Synopsis on blurb:Should all patients be informed when they’ve been diagnosed with cancer? If the answer is “yes,” Who should break the bad news to them? And How is such news best delivered? How much of the truth can a patient handle?
Patients’ inalienable right to know the truth about their condition ought to be guaranteed the world over. Yet this right is routinely violated. In Greece, for example, cancer patients are frequently kept in the dark about their diagnosis. In fact, this right is routinely disregarded all over the globe with appalling consequences.
In “The Right To The Truth,” the author—a thoracic surgeon—presents Counterexamples inspired by events observed during his 33 years of clinical experience, and he addresses each with well-crafted Arguments in favor of the patients’ Right to know :
► for Trust
► for Protection from predators who would exploit vulnerable patients
► for understanding that Sacrifices are sometimes required to achieve cure
► for acquiring well-founded Hope
► for Overcoming fear of the unknown
The book :
► offers advice to family members of cancer patients, as it is usually they who shoulder the burden of deciding whether or not to have their loved one informed.
► offers thought–provoking ideas for those who care for cancer patients. Physicians, nurses, psychologists, clergy, and friends are all urged to be truthful with patients; lying leads only to suffering.
► repudiates hypocritical arguments that claim withholding the truth from patients “spares them avoidable distress,” when the exact opposite is true. The hypocrisy behind brazen deceit inevitably becomes a source of harm to the patient. Myriad unethical, even illegal, wrongdoings are exposed that they should be banned from clinical practice once and for all.—Read More...
c. Topics discussed / Chapters :
- 1. In the Limelight of Imperial Capitals And Out of It…
- 2. When Bad News Breaks
- 3. Family Members Who Resort to Deception
- 4. Potentially Evil Intent or “Malice”
- 5. The Truth, Ultimately, Is Always Revealed
- 6. “Depression” Is One Thing. “Sorrow” Is Another.
- 7. Informed Consent
- 8. Compliance & Follow–Up
- 9. Half–truths, Evasion & Jargon
- 10. WHO Should Disclose The Diagnosis
- 11. HOW to Break Bad News: 1st Session
- 12. HOW: 2nd & 3rd Sessions
- 13. HOW: 4th (last) Session
- 14. Medical Documentation, Staging, Treatments
- 15. Preparing Families When The End Draws Near: Caution !
- 16. How Much of The Truth
- 17. Opiates – Painkillers & Other Medication
- 18. Life Expectancy
- 19. For Physicians & Other Caregivers
Almost every chapter of the book is divided into two sessions:
► clinical counterexample
► continuation of the chapter (arguments etc.)more...
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