PDF John D. Lantos ñ The Lazarus Case Life and Death Issues in Neonatal ñ

In this new startlingly original book John D Lantos weaves a compelling story that captures the dilemmas of modern medical practice The Lazarus Case Life and Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care begins with a fictional malpractice case—an amalgam of typical cases in which Lantos appeared as an expert witness—and uses it as the framework for addressing the ethical issues surrounding neonatal intensive care Lantos draws on his experience in neonatal medicine pediatrics and medical ethics to explore multiple ethical dilemmas through one poignant representative situationIn Lantos's model case a doctor decides to stop resuscitation of a premature infant a tiny preemie who seems past reasonable care The baby survives with severe neurological defects and the parents sue the doctor alleging that stopping treatment was negligent From this case Lantos considers our moral obligations to critically ill babies the meaning of negligence and the sorts of social structures that shape the moral consciences of doctorsEach chapter begins with Lantos deposing in the conference room of the plaintiffs' lawyers The uestions put to Lantos throughout the deposition spark an engrossing retelling of his personal experiences with premature babies as well as his thoughtful discussions of ethics morality history and medical statistics Sprinkled throughout the book are references to fictional works by Camus Dostoevsky Shakespeare Twain and others Lantos uses these literary examples to further illustrate the ambiguities misunderstandings responsibilities and evasions that plague our decisions regarding life and death medical care and medical education and ultimately the cost and value of preserving the lives of the most vulnerable among us

10 thoughts on “The Lazarus Case Life and Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care Medicine and Culture

  1. says:

    Excellent read for anyone interested in medical ethics I think it's written so non professionals could engage easily in the material Definately addresses important uestions we in the neonatal field should be pondering

  2. says:

    One ethicist tale of a specific case viewed in light of his experiences Not as helpful for understanding the ethics or greater issues of preemiesSocial Health Care Ethics

  3. says:

    Not a light read but very intriguing and thought provoking It didn't focus on neo natal intensive care as much as I was expecting but I really enjoyed this book