Textbook of Healthcare Ethics / Edition 2

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The Textbook of Healthcare Ethics, 2nd Edition is written with practicing physicians, medical students, residents, nurses, philosophers, and other healthcare workers in mind. The text is also highly suitable for formal ethics courses in medical, nursing and allied healthcare programs, as well as for training ethics committee members. This book is an introduction to the broad field of biomedical ethics. While offering a basic introduction to ethical theory, it discusses, as well, the wide array of ethical problems encountered in the daily practice of healthcare professionals. It is written by two Bioethicists who, prior to entering the field of Bioethics, worked as healthcare professionals. The primary author has a background in medicine and the secondary author has a background in nursing. This thoroughly revised second edition is meant to be both a theoretical and a practical introduction to the field, and is intended to be as accessible to the beginner as it is to those already working in the field. It provides practical strategies and tools that can be used for training medical personnel and members of ethics committees, and can serve equally well as an introduction for lay persons interested in the field.
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Reviewer: Angela Schneider-O'Connell, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: In this book, the author lays out the terrain of healthcare ethics. From a concise and thorough historical overview, the author proceeds via theoretical considerations to specific issues, such as organ donation, the terminally ill, and macroallocation to an approach to "solving" ethical problems using 18 well-chosen and well-described cases. The author's approach is distinguished by its nuanced attention to rarely mentioned problems, such as "Fallibility and the Problem of Blameworthiness in Medicine," and by its method of placing issues in correlation to one another: "The Ongoing Dialectic Between Autonomy and Responsibility in a Pluralistic World"; "Ethical Problems: Approaches and Alternatives"; "The AIDS Paradigm: Health Professionals and Mutual Risks."
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a text to be used in teaching healthcare ethics, its history, theory, major issues, and a method for solving problems to healthcare providers, students, and practitioners.
Audience: The intended audience, students wishing to become healthcare providers, will be well taught by this book and will enjoy some of its didactic features. The seasoned practitioner of healthcare ethics will find traditional problems presented in new and illuminating ways.
Features: Features that mark this book as a textbook are: (1) sections within each chapter are rather brief; (2) at times the salient points are marked by being indented and enumerated; (3) end notes follow each chapter section.
Assessment: The author approaches the traditional topic of bioethics/medical ethics/healthcare ethics with a method stressing the context in which the problems resideā€”the theoretical context, how they relate to one another and the existential context, the relation among their stakeholders. The highly nuanced and delicate analysis fits the matter at hand and benefits those studying it. The author's passion for the topic and the depth of his insight make this book more than a teaching tool.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048163588
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Historical introduction 1
Ch. 2 Knowledge and ethics 21
Ch. 3 Theoretical considerations 29
Ch. 4 Fallibility and the problem of blameworthiness in medicine 65
Ch. 5 The ongoing dialectic between autonomy and responsibility in a pluralist world 75
Ch. 6 Patients, society and healthcare professionals 97
Ch. 7 Genetics and ethics 141
Ch. 8 Problems of macro-allocation 161
Ch. 9 Organ donation 197
Ch. 10 Problems at the beginning of life 217
Ch. 11 Problems in the care of the terminally ill 249
Ch. 12 Common problems in everyday practice 307
Ch. 13 Resolving ethical problems : an introduction to individual cases 331
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