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If That Ever Happens to Me
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Every day, thousands of people quietly face decisions as agonizing as those made famous in the Terri Schiavo case. Throughout that controversy, all kinds of people--politicians, religious leaders, legal and medical experts--made emphatic statements about the facts and offered even more certain opinions about what should be done. To many, courts were either ordering Terri's death by starvation or vindicating her constitutional rights. Both sides called for simple answers. ###If That Ever Happens to Me# details why these simple answers were not right for Terri Schiavo and why they are not right for end-of-life decisions today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1 Disorders of Consciousness and the Permanent Vegetative State
  2. pp. 15-34
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  1. 2 Legal and Political Wrangling over Terri's Life
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 3 In Context—Law and Ethics
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. 4 Terri’s Wishes
  2. pp. 77-95
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  1. 5 The Limits of Evidence
  2. pp. 96-111
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  1. 6 The Implications of Surrogacy
  2. pp. 112-127
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  1. 7 Qualities of Life
  2. pp. 128-142
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  1. 8 Feeding
  2. pp. 143-161
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  1. 9 The Preservation of Life
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. 10 Respect and Care: An Alternative Framework
  2. pp. 173-187
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  1. Appendix: NRLC'S Model Act, as Proposed in State Legislation
  2. pp. 189-191
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 201-213
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-222
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