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What Would You Do? Juggling Bioethics and Ethnography

ISBN-10: 0226066770

ISBN-13: 9780226066776

Edition: 2008

Authors: Charles L. Bosk

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In hospital rooms across the country, doctors, nurses, patients, and their families grapple with questions of life and death. Recently, they have been joined at the bedside by a new group of professional experts, bioethicists, whose presence raises a host of urgent questions. How has bioethics evolved into a legitimate specialty? When is such expertise necessary? How do bioethicists make their decisions? And whose interests do they serve? Renowned sociologist Charles L. Bosk has been observing medical care for thirty-five years. InWhat Would You Do?he brings his extensive experience to bear on these questions while reflecting on the ethical dilemmas that his own ethnographic research among surgeons and genetic counselors has provoked. Bosk considers whether the consent given to ethnographers by their subjects can ever be fully voluntary and informed. He questions whether promises of confidentiality and anonymity can or should be made. And he wonders if social scientists overestimate the benefits of their work while downplaying the risks. Vital for practitioners of both the newly prominent field of bioethics and the long-established craft of ethnography,What Would You Do?will also engross anyone concerned with how our society addresses difficult health care issues.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction &#8226 What Would You Do? Juggling Bioethics and Ethnography
The Ethnography Of Ethics
Professional Ethicist Available: Logical, Secular, Friendly
The Licensing and Certification of Ethics Consultants: What Part of "No!" Was So Hard to Understand?
Institutional Ethics Committees: Sociological Oxymoron, Empirical Black Box
Margin of Error: The Sociology of Ethics Consultation
Bureaucracies of Mass Deception: Institutional Review Boards and Ethics of Ethnographic Research with Raymond G. De Vries
The Ethics Of Ethnography: Genetic Counselors Revisited
Invitation to Ethnography
A Twice-Told Tale of Witnessing
Irony, Ethnography, and Informed Consent
The Ethics Of Ethnography: Surgeons Revisited
The Field-Worker and the Surgeon
An Ethnographer's Apology, A Bioethicist's Lament: The Surgeon and the Sociologist Revisited
A Moment of Silence: On Not Giving Up Dr. Arthur's Ghost
Conclusion &#8226 Professional Expertise And Moral Cowardice
Counterfeit Courage and the Noncombatant
Index