Tipping the Scales
Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Managing Severe Eating Disorders
Edited by Patricia Westmoreland, M.D.
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- ISBN 978-1-61537-349-9
- Item #37349
Tipping the Scales: Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Managing Severe Eating Disorders centers on the complex and at times wrenching medicolegal and ethical challenges encountered in treating patients with severe and enduring eating disorders (SEEDs). Unlike other mental health disorders, for which the care of a medical physician is typically unnecessary, patients with eating disorders have many significant medical complications that demand careful oversight by a physician knowledgeable in treating these disorders. The tragic dearth of such expertise is made more alarming by the fact that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder aside from opioid abuse. Accordingly, the book addresses the medical consequences of SEEDs and explores that subgroup of patients whose illness appears intractable—people who are no longer seeking a “cure” but, rather, enough improvement to afford them a reasonable quality of life. For such patients, depending on their age, treatment history, and support system, treatment teams may either commit to achieving a full recovery or engage in a harm reduction model.
In empathic, accessible prose, the book
Tipping the Scales assists physicians, mental health professionals, and patients in making decisions that are in the patient’s best interests, whether they lead to healing and recovery or a dignified passage within the bounds of our current knowledge and the ethics of palliative end-of life care.
Chapter 1. Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Historical Perspective
Chapter 2. Basic Principals of Ethics
Chapter 3. Coercion In Treatment
Chapter 4. Capacity
Chapter 5. Guardianship
Chapter 6. Civil Commitment
Chapter 7. Children And Adolescents With Eating Disorders
Chapter 8. Novel Treatments For Patients With Severe And Enduring Eating Disorders
Chapter 9. Harm Reduction
Chapter 10. Palliative and End Of Life Care
Chapter 11. Futility
Chapter 12. Physician Assisted Death & Euthanasia
About the Authors
Patricia Westmoreland, M.D., is an adult, consultation-liaison, and forensic psychiatrist whose clinical practice focuses on women’s mental health. As part of her forensic practice, she is a consultant at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health and adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado in Denver.