Let the Patient Decide. A Doctor's Advice to Older Persons. By Baer Louis Shattuck. pages. The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1978. Price, $4.95 (paperback).

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A practical handbook as well as a philosophical treatise emphasizing that patients must assume the responsibility for the way they die. The initial part deals with medical measures that may be used routinely in the intensive care unit, the emergency room and the coronary care unit to prolong life in critically ill persons. Part 2 details “ways to avoid dying in a nursing home.” Included are instructions for medic-alert tags, living wills, permits for operation and administration of anaesthesia, patient's bill of rights, and special forms for patients to stipulate what they do not want done to them in a

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