Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Bioethical Issues / Edition 9

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This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in bioethics. The "yes" and "no" readings, which represent the arguments of leading philosophers and social commentators, discuss topics such as death and dying; choices in reproduction; children and bioethics and genetics. Adopters can use the student Web site Dushkin Online (www.dushkin.com/online/) for study support and to find related Web sites.

Incl. editor's introd. & summary/presents viewpoints of social commentators & philosophers in a print debate format.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072430820
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Taking Sides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : medicine and moral arguments
Issue 1 Is informed consent still central to medical ethics? 2
Issue 2 Can family interests ethically outweigh patient autonomy? 20
Issue 3 Does direct-to-consumer advertising of medication enhance patient autonomy? 44
Issue 4 Are some advance directives too risky for patients? 60
Issue 5 Should physicians be allowed to assist in patient suicide? 78
Issue 6 Should truth-telling depend on the patient's culture? 98
Issue 7 Should doctors be able to refuse demands for "futile" treatment? 118
Issue 8 Should abortions late in pregnancy be banned? 132
Issue 9 Should pregnant women be punished for exposing fetuses to risk? 144
Issue 10 Should adolescents make their own life-and-death decisions? 164
Issue 11 Do parents harm their children when they refuse medical treatment on religious grounds? 180
Issue 12 Should human stem cell research be banned? 198
Issue 13 Should information from genetic testing be available to employers and insurers? 208
Issue 14 Should animal experimentation be permitted? 224
Issue 15 Is sham surgery ethically acceptable in clinical research? 242
Issue 16 Should health insurance be based on employment? 264
Issue 17 Should health care for the elderly be limited? 276
Issue 18 Should patient-centered medical ethics govern managed care? 290
Issue 19 Should there be payment for body parts? 306
Issue 20 Should doctors-in-training be unionized? 334
Issue 21 Should public health be given sweeping powers over individual liberty in a bioterrorist threat? 350
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