Contemporary Issues In Bioethics

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2007-09-25
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Contemporary Issues in Bioethics presents a breadth of issues and balanced coverage of the most important topics in bioethics, including human reproduction, euthanasia and assisted suicide, genetics, the right to health care, organ transplantation, human and animal research, and planning for threats to public health. With a diverse range of classic and contemporary essays written by scholars in bioethics and judges in landmark legal cases, this anthology will help you understand issues from a variety of perspectives.

Table of Contents

Introduction To Ethics
Ethical Theory and Bioethics
Fundamental Problems
The Study of Morality
Moral Dilemmas and Disagreements
The Problem of Relativism
Moral Justification
Types of Ethical Theory
Utilitarian Theories
Kantian Theories
Contemporary Challenges to Traditional Theories
Virtue Ethics
The Ethics of Care
Ethical Principles
Respect for Autonomy
Law and Policy
Ethics and Public Affairs
Morality and Law
Legal and Moral Rights
Law, Authority, And Autonomy
Justice and Autonomy in Health Care
Justice in Access to Health Care
Just Health Care and the Right to Health Care
"Is There a Right to Health Care and, if so, What Does it Encompass?"
"Justice, the Basic Social Contract, and Health Care."
"The Right to a Decent Minimum of Health Care."
"Rights to Health Care."
Managed Care and Access to Care
"Securing Health or Just Health Care?: The Effect of the Health Care System."
"Managed Care: How Economic Incentive Reforms Went Wrong."
"Managed Care: Rationing without Justice, But Not Unjustly." Rationing
"''Rationing'' Health Care: Not All Definitions are Created Equal."
"Rationing Fairly: Programmatic Considerations."
"Just Caring: Oregon, Health Care Rationing, and Informed Democratic Deliberation."
Autonomy Rights and Medical Information
The Confidentiality of Medical Information
"Confidentiality in Medicine - A Decrepit Concept."
California Supreme Court, Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California
"AIDS, Confidentiality, and the Right to Know." Truth Telling and Disclosing Bad News
"Telling the Truth to Patients: A Clinical Ethics Exploration."
"Disclosure of a Diagnosis to Children and Adolescents When Parents Object
Informed Consent
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Cantebury v. Spence
"Physicians and Patients: A History of Silence."
"The Concept of Informed Consent."
"Informed Consent: Some Challenges to the Universal Validity of the Western Model."
Refusal of Treatment
California Court of Appeals, Second District, Bouvia v. Superior Court
United States Supreme Court, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health
Advance Directives
"Advance Care Planning as a Process: Structuring the Discussions in Practice."
"Advance Directives: The Next Generation."
Life and Death
End-of-Life Decisionmaking
The Right to Die
"A Right to Choose Death?"
"Is There a Right to Die?"
The Legal Background in the United States
The Oregon Death With Dignity Act
United States Supreme Court, Vacco v. Quil and Washington v. Glucksberg
The Supreme Court of California, Wendland v. Wendland
The Moral Foundations of Public Policy on Physician-Assisted Death
"Voluntary Euthanasia under Control?: Further Empirical Evidence from the Netherlands."
"Slippery Slopes in Flat Countries: A Response." Palliation and Other Alternatives to Physician-Assisted Death
"An Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide."
"Palliative Options of Last Resort."
Abortion and Maternal-Fetal Relations
The Problem Justifying Abortion
"Why Abortion is Immoral."
"A Defense of Abortion."
"The Morality of Abortion."
"On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion."
Legal Issues
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