Textbook of Healthcare Ethics

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 29, 2004 - Medical - 382 pages
The Textbook of Healthcare Ethics, Second Edition is written with practising physicians, medical students and residents, nurses, philosophers, and other healthcare workers in mind. The text is also highly suitable for formal ethics courses in medical, nursing and allied healthcare programs, as well as for training ethics committee members. This book is an introduction to the broad field of biomedical ethics. While offering a basic introduction to ethical theory, it discusses, as well, the wide array of ethical problems encountered in the daily practice of healthcare professionals. It is written by two Bioethicists who, prior to entering the field of Bioethics, worked as healthcare professionals. The primary author has a background in medicine and the secondary author has a background in nursing. This thoroughly revised second edition is meant to be both a theoretical and a practical introduction to the field, and is intended to be as accessible to the beginner as it is to those already working in the field. It provides practical strategies and tools that can be used for training medical personnel and members of ethics committees, and can serve equally well as an introduction for lay persons interested in the field.
 

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Contents

Historical Introduction
1
Knowledge and Ethics
21
Theoretical Considerations
29
Fallibility and the Problem of Blameworthiness in Medicine
65
The Ongoing Dialectic between Autonomy and Responsibility in a Pluralist World
75
Patients Society and Healthcare Professionals
97
Genetics and Ethics
141
Problems of Macroallocation
161
Organ Donation
197
Problems at the Beginning of Life
217
Problems in the Care of the Terminally Ill
249
Common Problems in Everyday Practice
307
An Introduction to Individual
331
Index
371
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