Ethical Dilemmas: Crises in Faith and Modern Medicine

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Overview

This book presents five controversial issues concerning moral decisions in our time: bioethics, euthanasia, decisions near death, genetic engineering and substance abuse. These topics are examined from interdisciplinary perspectives, reflecting the expertise of physicians, mental health professionals, and theologians who presented their views at the Sixth National Conference of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion. Their presentations show how religious beliefs come to bear on clinical situations and interventions; how theoria, theory, informs praxis, practice. This presentation does not offer dogmatic treatment of contemporary problems but identifies, on the one hand, some of the difficulties of applying traditional values to modern medical situations while, on the other hand, articulating and developing how traditional perspectives provide the needed rudder in addressing modern ethical problems. These papers reflect an interdisciplinary approach which express sensitivity and appreciation of multiple perspectives of human problems. The discussions in this volume are in dialogue with one another, presenting a laboratory of inquiry about how the sacred affects modern technology and clinical services.
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Providing a holistic approach to problems in medical ethics, this volume presents five controversial issues that stir moral conflicts: bioethics, euthanasia, decisions near death, bio-engineering and genetic engineering, and substance abuse. These topics are examined from the perspectives of physicians, mental health professionals, and theologians who presented their views at the Sixth National conference of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion. Paper edition (unseen), $28.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819193377
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/22/1993
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Bioethics 3
The Ethical Challenges of Science and Faith 5
Pt. II Euthanasia 17
Changing Conceptions of a Good Death: Its Bearing on the Physician's Words and Deeds 19
Euthanasia and Care for the Dying in the Orthodox Tradition 35
To Ease the Dying Process 49
Euthanasia: The Medical Encounter and Faith 59
Pt. III Decisions Near the End of Life 71
A Living Will and a Christian Death 73
Pt. IV Genetic Engineering 89
Ethics and Genetic Engineering 91
An Orthodox Christian Perspective On Organ Transplantation 101
Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives on Organ Donation 113
Pt. V Substance Abuse 125
Drugs and the Family 127
Taking Responsibility for Evil: Addiction and Usury in Light of Repentance 137
Towards a Recovery-Oriented Church 153
About the Editor 161
Contributors 163
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