Case Studies in Medical Ethics

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Harvard University Press, 1977 - Medical - 421 pages
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Contents

Responsibility for the Decision
35
Duty to the Patient and Society
59
314
61
Health Care Delivery
89
The Blundered Diagnosis and the Physicians Responsibility
113
The Nurses Responsibility for the Physician
115
Confidentiality
116
535 The Required State Psychiatric Diagnosis Record
118
Can She Choose Freely?
225
The Ovary Transplant
227
Saying No to Hemodialysis
230
The Hemodialysis Patient
233
The Artificial Heart
235
Psychiatry and the Control of Human Behavior
240
1077 Psychotherapist as Servant or Teacher
241
The Psychiatrists Role in War
245

Reporting the Epileptic Motorist
120
Medicine in the Service of the FBI
121
Confidentiality Computer Banks and Social Welfare
127
Genetic Counseling of Relatives
129
Premarital Sex May Be Dangerous to Your Health
131
TruthTelling
136
641 The Unexpected Chromosome
137
Sickle Cell Carrier Parents
139
The Dying Cancer Patient
141
Training in Deception
147
This Wont Hurt a Bit
149
The Potent Placebo
151
When the Family Says Not To Tell
153
When the Patient Says Not To Tell
154
Auxiliary Personnel and Medical Negligence
157
The Cancer Diagnosis Record
158
The Childs IQ
159
Abortion Sterilization and Contraception
167
753 Abortion Conflict Between Spouses
173
Abortion for Psychiatric Reasons
174
Abortion for Teenage Pregnancy
175
Attempted Abortion Resulting in Live Birth
179
Selling Sterilization
182
Food Incentives for Sterilization
185
Contraception for the Unwed Teenager
191
Genetics Birth and the Biological Revolution
193
Genetic Couseling for Muscular Dystrophy
197
Genetic Responsibility and Dominant Inheritance
198
Justice and Efficiency in Care for the Mentally Retarded
200
Sickle Cell and Black Genocide
202
The Innocent Case for the Clone
206
The TestTube Baby
207
Changing Mans Genetic Code
208
The Human Fetus as Research Material
209
Artificial Insemination from a FatherinLaw
214
Transplantation Hemodialysis and the Allocation
221
970 The Mentally Retarded Kidney Donor
222
The Child as a Kidney Donor
223
Psychosurgery or Psychotherapy for the Violent Alcoholic
251
Aint Nobody Gonna Cut on My Head
254
Amphetamines and the Physicians Right To Prescribe
259
Behavior Modification in a LifeandDeath Situation
263
Experimentation on Human Beings
266
1184 Psychosurgery for a Sexual Psychopath
267
Can Overwhelming Risks Be Justified?
271
Experimenting or Just Fooling Around
273
Benefiting Mentally Retarded Children by Giving Them Hepatitis
274
The Duty to Experiment
277
Privacy and Experimentation
280
The Duty To Continue Experimenting
282
The Responsibility for Harmful Consequences
283
Publishing Unethical Research
285
Consent and the Right To Refuse Treatment
290
1293 How Informed Is Informed Consent?
291
Nonbeneficial Research on the Child
295
Consent That Destroys the Experiment
299
The PracticeoftheProfession or Reasonable Person Standard
303
Consent That Produces a Headache
306
Consent for Routine Laboratory Tests
307
Canceling Consent for Electroshock Treatment
309
The Right To Refuse Psychoactive Drugs
310
Parental Refusal of Treatment for a Child
315
Death and Dying
317
Welcome Definition or Dangerous Judgment
319
Technologys Assault on Death
326
Whosoever Loses His Life Shall Gain It
327
To End the Agony
328
Parents Who Refuse To Say Die
333
Parents Who Say Let Him Die
335
Alone Dying and Out of Control
342
Codes of Medical Ethics
353
Bibliography
368
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About the author (1977)

Robert Veatch is currently a professor of medical ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. For ten years previously, he was on the staff of the Hastings Center (formerly the Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences). Veatch was born in Utica, New York, and received a B.S. degree from Purdue University (1961), an M.S. from the University of California at San Francisco (1962), and a B.D. (1964), M.A.(1970), and Ph.D. (1971) from Harvard University. A lecturer and writer, Veatch is the author of many important books on ethical issues in biology and medicine. Veatch's areas of interest center on the relation of science to public policy, death and dying, and experimentation on human subjects. He has worked both to assemble numerous case studies and to advance general theoretical reflection in these areas. In A Theory of Medical Ethics (1981), he argues that current medical codes such as the Hippocratic Oath are too restrictive and lack sufficient support for comprehensive use in the medical profession. The solution, he argues, is that medicine can no longer be based on a professionally articulated code. Instead, Veatch proposes a "covenant" theory of medical ethics that resembles the traditional social contract of philosophers such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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