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

ISBN-10: 1881871444
ISBN-13: 9781881871446
Edition: 2003
Authors: Peter A. Clark
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: lFordham University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 349
Size: 8.90" wide x 5.91" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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 University "Modern 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

Preface
Background
Notes
Introduction
Bioethical Methodologies
Principlism
Phenomenological Methodology
Hermeneutical Methodology
Narrative Methodology
Virtue-Based Methodology
Medical Casuistry Methodology
Natural Law Methodology
Neonatology: A United States Perspective
General Ethical Approaches to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates
Notes
Theological Anthropology
Introduction
McCormick's Theological Anthropology
Doctrine of Creation
Doctrine of the Fall
Doctrine of Redemption
Christology, Incarnation, and Eschatology
Practical Implications of McCormick's Theological Anthropology As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates
Human Life Is a Basic but not Absolute Good
Human Life Is a Value to Be Preserved Only Insofar as It Contains Some Potentiality for Human Relationships
Human Life As Sacred
Medical Treatment Decisions Ought to Incorporate Individual and Social Factors
Pain and Suffering Can Have Redemptive Meaning
Science and Technology As Goods of Creation
Criticism
Conclusion
Notes
Moral Epistemology
Introduction
McCormick's Dual Moral Epistemology
First Moral Epistemology--Prior to 1983
Second Moral Epistemology--After 1983
Practical Implications of McCormick's Moral Epistemology (After 1983) as Applied to Treatment
Decisions for Handicapped Neonates
Human Life Is a Good But Not an Absolute Good
Human Life Is Sacred and Cannot Be Directly Terminated
Medical Technology Is a Good, But a Good that is Limited and to Be Used Responsibly
Criticism
Conclusion
Notes
Moral Criteriology
Introduction
McCormick's Ethical Criteria
Criticism
Conclusion
Notes
McCormick's Ethical Methodology As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Neonates
Introduction
Procedural Issues
Application of McCormick's Ethical Methodology to five Diagnostic Treatment Categories of Handicapped Neonates
Conclusion
Notes
Conclusion
Introduction
Critical Assessment of McCormick's Ethical Methodology
Future Considerations
Personal Assessment--Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

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