Moral Problems in Medicine: A Practical Coursebook

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In his important textbook, the Author, assuming no prior philosophical knowledge, covers the controversial issues of euthanasia, abortion and experimentation on humans and animals, as well as looking at the right to self-determination and the limits of confidentiality. Each topic is lucidly introduced and then examined in more depth through extracts taken from such major ethical thinkers as James Rachels, Sissela Bok and Peter Singer. Pertinent case studies bring the subjects to life, and there are exercises for individual or group work, and a well organised bibliography at the end of each chapter, for those who researching particular area more deeply. This excellent introduction is for anyone with an interest in human well-being, and provides vital theoretical tools for those facing real medical dilemmas. Moreover it is an essential text for the ethical content in the training of medical students, nurses and other health professionals. Dr Michael Palmer has taught at Marlborough College and at McMaster University and Bristol University. He is the author of Paul Tillich's Philosophy of Art (1984), and co-editor of the six-volumed Paul Tillich: Hauptwerke/Main Works (1990). Following the prestigious award of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Marburg, he was invited to set up a philosophy course at The Manchester Grammar School, where he remained for eight years as Head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Moral Problems in Medicine substantially incorporates this course which attracted national attention. His previous publications include the best-selling school and university textbook Moral Problems (1991), and Freud and Jung on Religion (1997).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718829780
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Palmer is an industry consultant and teacher who has written numerous networking and operating systems books, including several best-selling books about Windows Server systems and UNIX/Linux. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado and has worked over 25 years in higher education and in the industry as a teacher, systems and networking specialist, technical manager, and consultant. He is president of CertQuick, which provides computer and network consulting services, technical authoring services, and computer science curriculum development for schools. Other books by Michael Palmer include: Guide to Operating Systems, Hands-on Networking Fundamentals, Hands-On Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Guide to Operating Systems Security, MCSE Guide to Windows 2000 Server, and Designing and Implementing Local and Wide Area Networks.

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Table of Contents

1 Ethics 15
2 Egoism 23
3 Discussion: Egoism and the Right to Life 36
4 Utilitarianism 66
5 Discussion: Utilitarianism and the Ethics of Experimentation 81
6 The Ethical Theory of Immanuel Kant 105
7 Discussion: Kant and the Ethics of Truth-Telling 130
8 Determinism and Free Will 145
9 Discussion: Medical Practice and the Ethics of Behaviour Control 159
10 Appendix: Meta-Ethics 179
Index 187
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