This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in health science and personal health. The readings,which represent the arguments of leading health care professionals,policymakers,and social commentators,reflect a variety of viewpoints and are staged as "pro" and "con" debates.
PART 1. Health and Society
ISSUE 1. Will Managed Care Improve Health Care in the United States?
YES: David Jacobsen, from "Cost-Conscious Care," Reason
NO: Ronald J. Glasser, from "The Doctor Is Not In: On the Managed Failure of Managed Health Care," Harper's Magazine
ISSUE 2. Should Doctors Ever Help Terminally Ill Patients to Commit Suicide?
YES: Marcia Angell, from "The Supreme Court and Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Ultimate Right," The New England Journal of Medicine
NO: Kathleen M. Foley, from "Competent Care for the Dying Instead of Physician-Assisted Suicide," The New England Journal of Medicine
ISSUE 3. Should Health Care for the Elderly Be Limited?
YES: Daniel Callahan, from "Setting Limits: A Response," The Gerontologist
NO: Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, from "Age-Based Rationing of Healthcare," Generations
ISSUE 4. Is Gun Control a Public Health Issue?
YES: Josh Sugarmann, from "Reverse Fire," Mother Jones