Recommended Reading on AHD

Recommended Reading on Advance Healthcare Directives (AHD)

One issue that can be challenging for both families and healthcare workers is making decisions for loved ones who cannot care for themselves. Often, the best solution is to prepare an Advance Healthcare Directive, (AHD), which states what end of life actions should or should not be taken to prolong your life if you should become incapacitated.The AHD also names the “proxy,” or decision-maker, whom will make final decisions on your behalf.

Here are our recommended readings on Advance Healthcare Directives:

1.   Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity by Norman L. Cantor

This is an excellent book on Advance Directives, written from a legal point of view. The author is a professor of law, who contributed to New Jersey’s model legislation for Advance Directives, which is among the most comprehensive and liberal in the US. The book includes criticisms of the limitations of ‘living will’ laws in several states, and suggests improvements.

2.   Deciding for Others: The Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making by Allen E. Buchanan & Dan W. Brock

Buchanan’s book is a thought - provoking, and comprehensive look at medical decision-making for those who are incapable of making their own decisions. This book is helpful for anyone who cares for those who cannot care for or make medical decisions for themselves.

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