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Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health

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Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health

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  • Copyright 2007
  • Dimensions: 6 X 9
  • Pages: 300
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-235427-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-235427-1

A terminal diagnosis... a life-threatening disease... recognition of one's own mortality... or simply planning ahead. All of these lead individuals to contemplate difficult end-of-life decisions. But, when they do, they find themselves confused, desperately seeking guidance: about living wills, health care proxies, and their own care, wishes, and affairs. Dr. Shawn D. Glisson and Wynne A. Whitman help people face these issues every day -- Glisson as a respected oncologist, Whitman as an experienced estate lawyer. Now, they've come together to give readers all the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Glisson and Whitman help you answer questions like: How can I make sure I get the best possible care to fight my disease? How do I choose a health care representative to make decisions in light of continuing medical advances? How do I prepare a living will that accurately expresses my views on dying? How do I decide which care regimen is right for me? Will alternative therapies help me? What do I need to know about hospice care? Should I donate my organs, and if so, how? How do I communicate my wishes regarding my possessions? What's the best way to plan my estate and minimize my taxes? Above all, how do I make sure my wishes are followed? This book doesn't offer "one size fits all" answers. It provides the compassionate, up-to-date, plain-English guidance you need to decide for yourself... and stay in control of your life.

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Table of Contents



Section I    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Health and Medical Situation

Chapter 1        Health and Medical Wants: Your Personal Health Care System  3

Chapter 2        Health and Medical Wishes: Providers, Facilities, and Programs 11

Chapter 3        Health and Medical Wills: Your Medical Conditions  33

Section II    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Personal Situation

Chapter 4        Personal Wants: Doctors and Dialogue  43

Chapter 5        Personal Wishes: Screening and Counseling  51

Chapter 6        Personal Wills: Drugs, Diets, and Devices  63

Section III    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Medical-Legal Affairs

Chapter 7        Medical-Legal Wants: Understanding Interventions  83

Chapter 8        Medical-Legal Wishes: Defining Capacity, Consciousness, and Contingencies  95

Chapter 9        Medical-Legal Wills: Directives, Definitions, and Discussions  111

Section IV    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Selfless Contributions

Chapter 10      Selfless Contribution Wants: Donating Time, Tissue, and Treatment Data  137

Chapter 11      Selfless Contribution Wishes: Individual Purpose, Production, and Protection  145

Chapter 12      Selfless Contribution Wills: Donation Requirements, Responsibilities, and Rights  153

Section V    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Estate Planning

Chapter 13      Estate Planning Wants: Purpose, Preparation, and Protection  161

Chapter 14      Estate Planning Wishes: Caring for Family, Friends, and Foundations  181

Chapter 15      Estate Planning Wills: Testaments, Trusts, and Other Tools  193

Section VI    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Legacy

Chapter 16      Legacy Wants: Providing Ideas, Intentions, and Instructions  219

Chapter 17      Legacy Wishes: Assisting Family, Friends, and Future Generations to Remember  233

Chapter 18      Legacy Wills: Your Safety, Your Rights, and Your Records  241

Conclusion  255

Additional Resources 261

Glossary  265

Index  279


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