Monday, November 21, 2005
A new book, "A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End" (Jones and Bartlett Publishers) offers clinicians, medical students, patients, and family members a practical guide to the subject. Written by a world-renowned authority on medical ethics and end-of-life care, Dr. Joseph J. Fins of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the book helps ease the transition from curative to palliative care, with practical advice on issues like formulating goals of care.
"The average length of stay in a hospice is only a few weeks. This is often too little, too late. In fact, many patients deserving of a comfortable and dignified death aren't even given the option, whether in a hospice or hospital setting," says Dr. Fins. He is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he serves as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. In addition, he is Director of Medical Ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.