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Medical Ethics in the Ancient World

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Overview

In this book Paul Carrick charts the ancient Greek and Roman foundations of Western medical ethics. Surveying 1,500 years of pre-Christian medical moral history, Carrick applies insights from ancient medical ethics to developments in contemporary medicine such as advance directives, gene therapy, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, and surrogate motherhood. He discusses such timeless issues as the social status of the physician; attitudes toward dying and death; and the relationship of medicine to philosophy, religion, and popular mortality. Opinions of a wide range of ancient thinkers are consulted, including physicians, poets, philosophers, and patients. He also explores the puzzling question of Hippocrates' identity, analyzing not only the Hippocratic Oath but also the Father of Medicine's lesser-known works.
Accessible to both professionals and to those with little background in medical philosophy or ancient science, Carrick's book demonstrates that in the ancient world, as in our own postmodern age, physicians, philosophers, and patients embraced a diverse array of perspectives on the most fundamental questions of life and death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878408498
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Clinical Medical Ethics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Carrick teaches philosophy at Gettysburg College. He is a consultant for Pinnacle Health Hospitals and founding director of the Honors Program at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Social and Scientific Setting
1 The Status of the Physician 11
2 Theories of Health and Disease 27
3 Attitudes Toward Death 50
Pt. II The Rise of Medical Ethics
4 Who was Hippocrates? 71
5 The Hippocratic Oath 83
Pt. III Abortion and Euthanasia
6 The Problem of Abortion 115
7 The Problem of Euthanasia 147
8 The Physician's Moral Responsibility 173
Conclusion 185
Epilogue 195
App. A Principles of Medical Ethics 225
App. B A Patient's Bill of Rights 227
App. C Declaration of Geneva 230
App. D Code for Nurses 231
App. E Animal Use in Biomedical Research 233
App. F Historical Chronology: Ancient Medicine and Culture 236
Select Bibliography 239
Index 251
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