Ethics, Medical Research, and Medicine: Commercialism versus Environmentalism and Social Justice / Edition 1

Ethics, Medical Research, and Medicine: Commercialism versus Environmentalism and Social Justice / Edition 1

by Andrew Thompson
     
 

The authors of this book examine critically, and in a unique way, the poverty of medical ethics. They argue against spending almost unlimited amounts of money on medical treatment, and explore the serious biases in the way that medical research is conducted. In particular, they document how commercialization of research, especially in the pharmaceutical industry,

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The authors of this book examine critically, and in a unique way, the poverty of medical ethics. They argue against spending almost unlimited amounts of money on medical treatment, and explore the serious biases in the way that medical research is conducted. In particular, they document how commercialization of research, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, leads to seriously distorted information being disseminated to physicians. The authors illustrate these problems using four examples: statin drugs, screening for breast and prostate cancer, genetic diagnosis and therapy, and the Swan ganz catheter. The book contrasts the greatly exaggerated merits of these medical practices with the clear advantages of a prevention approach. The book makes radical proposals for reforming these problems. It is a must-read for those interested in medical ethics, health policy, health economics, and medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792370840
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
08/31/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. How Essential is Medical Research? A. Thompson. Cost, Distributive Justice and Noblesse Oblige; A. Thompson. Research Design; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. Disseminating the Results; A. Thompson, M. Egger. Leaping Over the Species' Gap: The Substitution of Humans by Other Animals in Testing of Procedures and Substances; A. Thompson. The Moral Justification for Substituting Other Animals in Medical Research; A. Thompson. How To Make A Mountain And A Mint Out Of, At Most, A Molehill: Statin Drugs; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple.The Right Heart Catheter: Evidence versus Bias; S. Workman. The Dubious Merits of Screening for Cancer of the Breast and Prostate; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. The Genomics Revolution in Medicine: A Case of Extreme Information Overload; A. Thompson, N.J. Temple. Disease Prevention: The Low-Tech, Low-Cost Road Less Travelled; N.J. Temple. Postscript; N.J. Temple, A. Thompson. Index.

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