Ethics in Medicine / Edition 1

Ethics in Medicine / Edition 1

by Milton D. Heifetz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573920738

ISBN-13: 9781573920735

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Ethical questions in medicine have become common topics of discussion during the past twenty years. Bitter disputes have arisen regarding abortion, suicide, human experimentation, as well as the management of the dying patient and the severely disabled newborn. These issues are loaded with such emotion that it is sometimes difficult to look at them in a rational

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Overview

Ethical questions in medicine have become common topics of discussion during the past twenty years. Bitter disputes have arisen regarding abortion, suicide, human experimentation, as well as the management of the dying patient and the severely disabled newborn. These issues are loaded with such emotion that it is sometimes difficult to look at them in a rational manner.

Noted neurosurgeon and author Milton D. Heifetz has made the tough decisions in tragic, often anguishing situations. As a member of hospital ethics committees for many years, Dr. Heifetz found that discussions of complex issuesmany involving urgent matters of life and deathwere all too often clouded by tradition, dogma, and gut reactions. A comprehensive moral foundation with the flexibility to respond to often rapidly changing circumstances is desperately needed if health-care professionals are to confront head-on the daily questions of medical ethics. Dr. Heifetz offers this moral grounding to help all who must make difficult medical choices: physicians, nurses, patients, families, and policy makers struggling to develop substantive rules for medical conduct.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573920735
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Acknowledgments15
1A Concept of Ethics17
2General Problems in Application39
3The Doctor-Patient Relationship45
4The Right of Self-Determination71
5Suicide107
6Abortion123
7The Tragic Newborn143
8Euthanasia159
9Human Experimentation173
10The Ethics of Medical Triage: Allocation and Rationing of Health Care197
Summary213
App. ADiscussion of Mastery215
App. BDiscussion of Privacy219
App. CExample of Durable Power of Attorney225
App. DRecommendations Regarding Fetal Research227
App. EThe Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research233
App. FThe Foundation of Human Rights251
Index253

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