To Treat or Not to Treat: The Ethical Methodology of Richard A. McCormick S.J., As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Newborns

To Treat or Not to Treat: The Ethical Methodology of Richard A. McCormick S.J., As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Newborns

by Peter A. Clark, S.J.
     
 

ISBN-10: 1881871444

ISBN-13: 9781881871446

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: Fordham University Press


Medical and ethical decision concerning treatment for handicapped newborns have always been difficult. Despite technological advances, parents and health-care professionals still search for criteria that will address treatment categories from an ethical standpoint. Richard A. McCormick, a leading Roman Catholic moral theologian, has proposed a patient-centered,

Overview


Medical and ethical decision concerning treatment for handicapped newborns have always been difficult. Despite technological advances, parents and health-care professionals still search for criteria that will address treatment categories from an ethical standpoint. Richard A. McCormick, a leading Roman Catholic moral theologian, has proposed a patient-centered, quality-of-life approach to treatment decision that appears to meet the needs of decision-makers.Peter A. Clark applies McCormick's ethical approach to five categories of handicapped newborns as a practical demonstration of the treatment decision process. Clark constructs, analyzes, and criticizes McCormick's developing methodology which McCormick himself never explicitly elaborated in his own writings.-Charles E. Curran, Southern Methodist UniversityModern neonatology has worked wonders in the care of the newborn. Some of its successes have however resulted in the most difficult clinical and ethical dilemmas. Physicians, families and nurses will need and appreciate Fr. Peter Clark's judicious, sensitive and practical guidance through both the philosophical and the theological issues.- Edmund D. Pellegrino, Georgetown University Medical Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881871446
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
349
Sales rank:
1,023,550
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Backgroundix
Notesxiv
1.Introduction3
Bioethical Methodologies10
Principlism11
Phenomenological Methodology13
Hermeneutical Methodology14
Narrative Methodology14
Virtue-Based Methodology15
Medical Casuistry Methodology16
Natural Law Methodology16
Neonatology: A United States Perspective22
General Ethical Approaches to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates27
Notes32
2.Theological Anthropology52
Introduction52
McCormick's Theological Anthropology55
Doctrine of Creation59
Doctrine of the Fall67
Doctrine of Redemption70
Christology, Incarnation, and Eschatology74
Practical Implications of McCormick's Theological Anthropology As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates80
Human Life Is a Basic but not Absolute Good82
Human Life Is a Value to Be Preserved Only Insofar as It Contains Some Potentiality for Human Relationships84
Human Life As Sacred85
Medical Treatment Decisions Ought to Incorporate Individual and Social Factors87
Pain and Suffering Can Have Redemptive Meaning88
Science and Technology As Goods of Creation90
Criticism92
Conclusion99
Notes99
3.Moral Epistemology121
Introduction121
McCormick's Dual Moral Epistemology124
First Moral Epistemology--Prior to 1983128
Second Moral Epistemology--After 1983138
Practical Implications of McCormick's Moral Epistemology (After 1983) as Applied to Treatment
Decisions for Handicapped Neonates147
Human Life Is a Good But Not an Absolute Good148
Human Life Is Sacred and Cannot Be Directly Terminated150
Medical Technology Is a Good, But a Good that is Limited and to Be Used Responsibly152
Criticism153
Conclusion162
Notes162
4.Moral Criteriology187
Introduction188
McCormick's Ethical Criteria190
Criticism211
Conclusion219
Notes221
5.McCormick's Ethical Methodology As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates239
Introduction239
Procedural Issues240
Application of McCormick's Ethical Methodology to five Diagnostic Treatment Categories of Handicapped Neonates250
Conclusion272
Notes273
6.Conclusion297
Introduction297
Critical Assessment of McCormick's Ethical Methodology298
Future Considerations308
Personal Assessment--Conclusion310
Notes311
Bibliography315

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