Primer for Health Care Ethics Essays for a Pluralistic Society

ISBN-10: 0878408029
ISBN-13: 9780878408023
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Kevin O'Rourke
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Description: Taking stories and issues in health care ethics from the news media, this book explains and applies principles of justice to the problems raised. It highlights recent issues such as physician-assisted suicide, genetic testing, and cloning.

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

Taking stories and issues in health care ethics from the news media, this book explains and applies principles of justice to the problems raised. It highlights recent issues such as physician-assisted suicide, genetic testing, and cloning.

Introduction
Principles and Core Values
What Is Health Care Ethics?
Other Ethical Systems
Medical Ethics Needs Accurate Distinctions
The Values Inherent in Medical Care
Medical Ethics: Basic Goals
Medicine: Not an Exact Science
Professionalism: The Essence Is Empathy
Professional Attitudes--The Ethical Physician
Human Rights and Health Care
Culture and Religion
"No Greater Love"
Informed Consent: Personal and Proxy
Informed Consent
Proxy Consent: Deciding for Others
Informed Consent and the Purpose of Medicine
Standards for Surrogates
Informed Consent: Therapeutic and Nontherapeutic Procedures
Informed Consent: Neonatal Care
When Children Can Consent
Telling the Truth to Patients
Confidentiality
Confidentiality in the Computer Age
CPR and DNR Revisited
Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney
The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA)
Advance Directives Revisited
Use and Removal of Life Support
Ordinary and Extraordinary Means
Ethical Criteria for Removing Life Support
Withholding and Withdrawing Life Support
Assessing Treatment Options
Discontinuing Life Support in Doubt
Religious Beliefs and Lifesaving Therapy
Care for Patients in Persistent Vegetative States
Unfinished Business in the Cruzan Case
"Only God Can Heal My Daughter"
It's Time to Resolve the "Futility Debate"
Court Decisions on Futile Therapy
The Wanglie Case: Demands for Futile Therapy
Baby K: It's Time to Take a Stand
Genetics
Cloning (Artifical Twinning): Have We Gone Too Far?
Genetic Testing: Ethics Issues
Concerns about Genetic Testing: Is a Little Knowledge Dangerous?
Cloning Human Beings
Organ Donation
Organ Donation: Priceless Gift or Market Commodity?
Baby Theresa: "The Good That Could Be Done"
The Baby Fae Legacy
Destroying One Life to Save Others
Obtaining Organs from Non-Heart-Beating Cadavers
Mandated Choice for Organ Donation
Research
Human Research Using Animals
Use of Fetal Tissue in Research and Therapy
Embryo Research: Ethical Issues
Research in the Emergency Department
Suicide and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Suicide: A Rational Choice?
The Myth of "Managed Death"
Kevorkian's Dilemma: Are We Owners or Stewards of Human Life?
Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Ethical Analysis of Presuppositions
Suffering and the Debate over Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Federal Courts Approve Physician-Assisted Suicide
The U.S. Supreme Court and Assisted Suicide
Social Aspects of Assisted Suicide
Can Liberty Sustain Itself? Reflections on Physician-Assisted Suicide
Managed Care
Ethical Issues and Managed Care: Asking the Right Questions
Harry and Louise: What Happened?
Managed Care and Early Discharge of Newborn Infants
Treating Symptoms or Basic Causes
Handling the 800-Pound Gorilla
The Oregon Health Care Plan: Some Questions
Artificial Generation
In Vitro Fertilization and Surrogate Motherhood
Conceiving One Child to Save Another
Special Questions
On Playing God
Autopsy: Ethical and Religious Considerations
Pain: Some Ethical Considerations
Suffering and the Need for Compassion
Truth-Telling and Alzheimer's Disease
Ethics Committees in Hospitals
The Role of Ethics Committees
"There But for the Grace of God": Disclosing Imperfect Care
Treatment of Rape Victims
Separating the Lakeberg Twins: Ethical Issues
The McCaughey Septuplets: All's Well that Ends Well?
Early Delivery of Anencephalic Infants: Ethical Opinions
About the Center for Health Care Ethics
Index

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