Medical Ethics / Edition 4

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Overview

Medical Ethics is a practical introduction to the ethical questions doctors and other health professionals face in their work. It is of immediate relevance both to health care professionals and to the users of health services. The authors start from the premise that medical ethics are embedded in the dilemmas of everyday practice, and their arguments return repeatedly to specific cases, following critical reflection on their views and the views of others. The book is intended as a basic textbook on medical ethics for any medical curriculum that has ethics as a serious component.

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Editorial Reviews

Courtney S. Campbell
This is an interdisciplinary examination of the major ethical questions in medical practice, including issues in genetics, prenatal and neonatal care, AIDS, mental health, geriatrics, and end-of-life care. A revised and expanded edition of Practical Medical Ethics (1992), the text covers three general areas: foundations of ethics, clinical ethics, and medicine and society. The authors seek to provide a practical introduction to ethical questions encountered by doctors and other healthcare professionals. The text gives special attention to practice issues in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The text is written primarily with medical students and practitioners in mind, but it is accessible to a broader audience. The team of authors, with expertise in diverse areas of ethics, medicine, and science, has provided a model of interdisciplinary collaboration in developing a book with such wide-ranging appeal. Each chapter uses case vignettes to illustrate practical choices faced by healthcare providers. A current bibliography contains a rich selection of the international literature in medical ethics. An appendix includes formative documents of professional ethics, such as the Hippocratic Oath, although one selection, the Declaration of Geneva, is not presented in its current version. This readable book will benefit practitioners and students with an interest in medical ethics. Its geographic focus limits its applicability to the different settings of medicine in the United States. It lacks a sustained discussion of reproductive technologies and tends to focus on quandaries and dilemmas, but these limitations are compensated by useful discussions oftranscultural ethics and sensitivity to issues of power and vulnerability in the relationship between patient and physician.
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Reviewer: Courtney S. Campbell, PhD (Oregon State University)
Description: This is an interdisciplinary examination of the major ethical questions in medical practice, including issues in genetics, prenatal and neonatal care, AIDS, mental health, geriatrics, and end-of-life care. A revised and expanded edition of Practical Medical Ethics (1992), the text covers three general areas: foundations of ethics, clinical ethics, and medicine and society.
Purpose: The authors seek to provide a practical introduction to ethical questions encountered by doctors and other healthcare professionals. The text gives special attention to practice issues in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Audience: The text is written primarily with medical students and practitioners in mind, but it is accessible to a broader audience. The team of authors, with expertise in diverse areas of ethics, medicine, and science, has provided a model of interdisciplinary collaboration in developing a book with such wide-ranging appeal.
Features: Each chapter uses case vignettes to illustrate practical choices faced by healthcare providers. A current bibliography contains a rich selection of the international literature in medical ethics. An appendix includes formative documents of professional ethics, such as the Hippocratic Oath, although one selection, the Declaration of Geneva, is not presented in its current version.
Assessment: This readable book will benefit practitioners and students with an interest in medical ethics. Its geographic focus limits its applicability to the different settings of medicine in the United States. It lacks a sustained discussion of reproductive technologies and tends to focus on quandaries and dilemmas, but these limitations are compensated by useful discussions of transcultural ethics and sensitivity to issues of power and vulnerability in the relationship between patient and physician.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195584875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Theories of medical ethics 2
2 The healing ethos 20
3 Health care ethics in diverse cultures 34
4 The human body 49
5 Genetic dilemmas 74
6 Issues before birth 99
7 Birth and beyond 118
8 Organ and tissue transplantation 132
9 The challenge of AIDS 147
10 Ethical issues in psychiatry 159
11 Disability and ethics 177
12 Aging, dementia, and mortality 185
13 Ending human lives 205
14 Research ethics 222
15 Trying new and unusual things 237
16 Justice and health care 254
17 Law, ethics, and medicine 268
App. 1 The Hippocratic Oath 277
App. 2 The Geneva Convention Code of Medical Ethics 278
App. 3 Council for International Organization of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) international guiding principles for biomedical research involving animals, June 1984 279
App. 4 World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki 281
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