An Introduction to Health Care Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues, and Controversial Cases

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Saint Mary's Press, 2007 - Medical - 310 pages
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An ideal introduction to health care ethics for students who are unfamiliar with the subject area. Author-ethicists Michael Panicola, David Belde, John Paul Slosar, and Mark Repenshek have crafted a text grounded in rich theological and philosophical traditions and presented in an engaging manner. This text provides students with an understanding of the foundational aspects of health care ethics and leads them into a discussion of contemporary issues through the use of timely and challenging case studies. A unique focus on discernment and decision making brings the material to life for students.
 

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Contents

Ethics and Its Role in Health Care
1
Understanding Ethics
2
Understanding Health Care Ethics
10
Conclusion and Next Steps
20
How We Make Ethical Decisions
22
Classic Ethical Theories
23
Ethical Theories in Personal Decision Making
32
Conclusion and Next Steps
41
Ethical Issues and Analysis Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
142
Conclusion
153
Controversies in the Care of the Dying
157
Underlying Distortions in Contemporary EndofLife Care
160
Ethical Issues and Analysis
166
Conclusion
183
Reproductive Technology and the Quest for Offspring
190
The Science of Reproductive Technology
192

The Bases for Our Decisions
44
Describing a Normative Basis
45
Conclusion and Next Steps
59
Making Good Decisions The Role of Discernment
64
Discernment as a Virtue
65
Discernment as a Process
68
Conclusion and Next Steps
81
Abortion and MaternalFetal Care
84
Clinical and Legal Considerations
86
Ethical Issues and Analysis
91
Conclusion
101
Care of Critically Ill Newborns
107
The Evolution of Neonatal Medicine
110
Ethical Issues and Analysis Who Decides?
118
Conclusion
127
Forgoing Treatment at the End of Life
134
Framework for Forgoing Treatment Decisions
135
Ethical Issues and Analysis
196
Conclusion
205
Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning What Cost a Cure?
213
The Science and Politics of Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning
216
Ethical Issues and Analysis
224
Conclusion
232
Genomics and Genetic Testing
238
Genes and Genomics
242
Ethical Issues and Analysis
248
Conclusion
265
Medical Research on Humans
273
Basic Concepts and Definitions in Research on Human Beings
275
Ethical Issues and Analysis
281
Conclusion
298
Index
302
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