A Cross-cultural Dialogue on Health Care Ethics

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Harold G. Coward, Pinit Ratanakul
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Apr 16, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 274 pages
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The ethical theories employed in health care today assume, in the main, a modern Western philosophical framework. Yet the diversity of cultural and religious assumptions regarding human nature, health and illness, life and death, and the status of the individual suggest that a cross-cultural study of health care ethics is needed.

A Cross-Cultural Dialogue on Health Care Ethics provides this study. It shows that ethical questions can be resolved by examining the ethical principles present in each culture, critically assessing each value, and identifying common values found within all traditions, It encourages the development of global awareness and sensitivity to and respect for the diversity of peoples and their values and will advance understanding as well as help to foster a greater balance and a fuller truth in consideration of the human condition and what makes for health and wholeness.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Culture Health and Illness
13
Culture and Health Care Ethics
115
Ethical Issues in the Delivery of Health Care Services
155
Health Policy A CrossCultural Dialogue
211
About the Authors
265
Subject Index
271
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About the author (1999)

Harold G. Coward is the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
David J. Goa is curator emeritus of the Provincial Museum of Alberta.

Pinit Ratanakul is director of the Centre of Religious Studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has written extensively on bioethics and Buddhism.

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