Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook / Edition 2

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In the wake of the successful cloning of animals and the promises -- or fears -- of stem cell research, new discoveries in science and medicine need more than ever to be accompanied by careful moral reflection. Contending that concern over the ethical dimensions of these and other like issues are no longer just in the domain of those involved in medical practice, the third edition of Ethics of Health Care claims these are vital topics that should matter deeply to all citizens.

While stressing the Catholic tradition in health care ethics, Ethics of Health Care is ecumenical, incorporating a broader Christian tradition as well as humanistic approaches, and takes as common ground for mutual understanding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. This new third edition is a response to the many developments in theology and the startlingly rapid changes in the arenas of medicine and health care over the past decade, from the dominance of managed care to increased surgery on an "outpatient" basis; from hospice care for the dying to the increasing use of drugs in the treatment of mental illness.

Revised and thoroughly up-to-date, this third edition continues with its valuable teaching aids, including case studies, study questions, chapter summaries, a bibliography, and complete index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878405480
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Methods in Health Care Ethics 1
The Enlightenment and New Ethical Systems 1
Hume's Contribution to Other Systems 3
Other Ethical Systems in the United States 6
The Moral System of the Catholic Church 7
2 The Content of Catholic Health Care Ethics 15
Is There a Catholic Ethics? 15
What Is an Ethical Principle? 17
Principles of Christian Faith 17
Principles of Christian Love 23
Principles of Christian Hope 25
3 The Person Seeking Health 31
The Notion of Person 31
The Person and Community 34
Developing Common Values 36
Priorities in Needs and Values 38
4 Defining Human Health 43
Concepts of Health and Disease 43
Disease and Illness 45
Biological Health 47
Higher Levels of Health 49
Integrating Human Functioning 51
5 Personal Responsibility for Health 55
The Individual's Quest for Health 55
Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle 58
Creative Stewardship of Health 59
Developing a Well-Formed Conscience 60
Concrete Application of Moral Norms 65
Elements of Informed Consent 66
Choosing a Physician 67
6 Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals 71
What Is a Profession? 71
Ideals of the Medical Profession 74
The Christian Health Care Professional 76
Personalizing the Health Care Profession 77
Professional Communication 81
Peer Relationships and Professional Discipline 83
7 Social Responsibility for Health Care 87
Models of Health Care 87
Gospel Principles of Social Organization 91
Functionalism 93
The Health Care Team 96
Health Care Ethics and Public Policy 98
The Catholic Health Care Facility 100
8 Human Research and the Allocation of Resources 105
Human Research 105
Norms for Research on Human Subjects 108
Allocating Resources: Micro and Macro Issues 115
9 Sexuality and Reproduction 121
The Meaning of Sexuality 121
Human Sexuality 124
Abortion 129
Disputed Cases: Ectopic Pregnancy and Anencephalic Infants 131
The Morality of Contraception 132
Natural Family Planning 134
Surgical Sterilization 135
Care of Rape Victims 136
Pastoral Considerations 137
10 Reconstructing Human Beings 141
Human Dominion over Nature 141
Surgical Procedures 143
Manipulation of Embryonic Cells 148
Genetic Manipulation 154
11 Mental Illness: Medical and Psychiatric Therapies 159
Mental Illness 159
Therapies for Mental Illness 161
Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy 168
Addiction 172
12 Death and Dying 179
The Mystery of Death 179
Determining the Moment of Death 181
Telling Truth to the Dying 186
Euthanasia and Suicide 187
Allowing a Person to Die 189
Pain and Dying 197
Care for the Corpse and Cadaver 198
13 Spiritual Ministry and Health Care 203
The Purpose of Pastoral Care 203
Spiritual Counseling 204
Celebrating the Healing Process 206
Baptism and the Eucharist 210
Epilogue 215
App. 1 Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services 217
App. 2 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations 243
Sources 247
Index 251
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