Clashing Views on Controversial Bioethical Issues / Edition 8by Carol Levine
Pub. Date: 04/01/1999
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in bioethics. The readings,which represent the arguments of leading philosophers and social commentators,reflect a variety of viewpoints,and are presented in "yes" and "no" pairs. Taking Sides actively develops critical thinking skills by requiring students to analyze opposing viewpoints and reach considered judgements.
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Table of ContentsPART 1. Medical Decision Making
ISSUE 1. Is Informed Consent Still Central to Medical Ethics?
YES: Robert M. Arnold and Charles W. Lidz, from "Informed Consent: Clinical Aspects of Consent in Health Care," in Warren T. Reich, ed., Encyclopedia of Bioethics, vol. 3, rev. ed.
NO: Robert M. Veatch, from "Abandoning Informed Consent," Hastings Center Report
ISSUE 2. Can Family Interests Ethically Outweigh Patient Autonomy?
YES: John Hardwig, from "What About the Family?" Hastings Center Report
NO: Jeffrey Blustein, from "The Family in Medical Decisionmaking," Hastings Center Report
PART 2. Death and Dying
ISSUE 3. Are Some Advance Directives Too Risky for Patients?
YES: Christopher James Ryan, from "Betting Your Life: An Argument Against Certain Advance Directives," Journal of Medical Ethics
NO: Steven Luttrell and Ann Sommerville, from "Limiting Risks by Curtailing Rights: A Response to Dr. Ryan," Journal of Medical Ethics
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