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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881871446
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 551,426
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Theology and Health Administration and holder of the John McShain Chair in Ethics at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also an Affiliated Scholar-Associate at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center and Bioethicist for the Mercy Health System in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Theological Anthropology 52
3 Moral Epistemology 121
4 Moral Criteriology 187
5 McCormick's Ethical Methodology As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates 239
6 Conclusion 297
Bibliography 315
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