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Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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Medical ethics is an area that has particular interest for the general public as well as for the medical practitioner, and issues concerning medical ethics seem to be constantly in the headlines. This short and accessible introduction provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine.

Tony Hope deals with thorny moral issues, including euthanasia and the morality of killing. He also explores political questions, such as ...

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Overview

Medical ethics is an area that has particular interest for the general public as well as for the medical practitioner, and issues concerning medical ethics seem to be constantly in the headlines. This short and accessible introduction provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine.

Tony Hope deals with thorny moral issues, including euthanasia and the morality of killing. He also explores political questions, such as how we can make sure health care resources are distributed fairly. Each chapter in the book considers a different issue, for example, genetics, modern reproductive technologies, resource allocation, mental health, and medical research. Each section also discusses controversial questions such as: Who should have access to reproductive technology? Is it right to fund expensive drug treatment for individuals? Should treatment for mental illness be imposed on patients without their consent? Considering a wide range of questions of medical ethics, this Very Short Introduction will help to explain some of the confusing issues facing the field of medicine today.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192802828
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Edition number: 114
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 989,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Hope is Professor of Medical Ethics at Oxford University and co-author of both the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and Manage Your Mind.

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Table of Contents

1. Why is medical ethics so exciting?
2. Euthanasia
3. Allocating heath resources; why undervaluating 'statistical' people is costing lives
4. People who don't exist; at least not yet
5. A tool-box for reasoning
6. The inconsistencies of madness
7. How modern gentics is testing traditional confidentiality
8. Medical research in poor countries
9. Ordinary medical practice

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