History and Theory of Informed Consent

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Overview

Clearly argued and written in nontechnical language, this book provides a definitive account of informed consent. It begins by presenting the analytic framework for reasoning about informed consent found in moral philosophy and law. The authors then review and interpret the history of informed consent in clinical medicine, research, and the courts. They argue that respect for autonomy has had a central role in the justification and function of informed consent requirements. Then they present a theory of the nature of informed consent that is based on an appreciation of its historical roots. An important contribution to a topic of current legal and ethical debate, this study is accessible to everyone with a serious interest in biomedical ethics, including physicians, philosophers, policy makers, religious ethicists, lawyers, and psychologists. This timely analysis makes a significant contribution to the debate about the rights of patients and subjects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195036862
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 718,277
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Georgetown University

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Table of Contents

PART I: Foundations
1. Foundations in Moral Theory
2. Foundations in Legal Theory
PART II: A History of Informed Consent
3. Pronouncement and Practice in Clinical Medicine
4. Consent and the Courts: The Emergence of the Legal Doctrine
5. The Development of Consent Requirements in Research Ethics
6. The Evolution of Federal Policy Governing Human Research
PART III: A Theory of Informed Consent
7. The Concept of Autonomy
8. The Concepts of Informed Consent and Competence
9. Understanding
10. Coercion, Manipulation, and Persuasion

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