Pediatric Bioethics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This volume offers a theoretical and practical overview of the ethics of pediatric medicine. It serves as a fundamental handbook and resource for pediatricians, nurses, residents in training, graduate students, and practitioners of ethics and healthcare policy. Written by a team of leading experts, Pediatric Bioethics addresses those difficult ethical questions concerning the clinical and academic practice of pediatrics, including an approach to recognizing boundaries when confronted with issues such as end of life care, life-sustaining treatment, extreme prematurity, pharmacotherapy, and research. Thorny topics such as what constitutes best interests, personhood, or distributive justice and public health concerns such as immunization and newborn genetic screening are also addressed.

Table of Contents

The Foundation: Theory and Principles
Virtues and goals in pediatrics
Contributions of ethical theory to pediatric ethics: parents as co-fiduciaries of pediatrics patients
Using the best interests standards in treatment decisions for young children
Moral and legal status of children and parents
The ethics of pediatric research
Truth telling in pediatrics: what they don't know might hurt them
Pediatric ethics committees
Genetics and the Newborn
Newborn screening
Presymptomatic genetic testing in children
Extreme prematurity: truth and justice
Disorders of sex development
Rationality, personhood, and Peter Singer on the fate of severely impaired infants
The ethics of controlling reproduction in a population with mental disabilities
Pediatric innovative surgery
Conjoined twins
Ethics and immunization
Psychotropic drug use in children: the case of stimulants
End of Life
Brain death, minimal consciousness, and vegetative states in children
The foregoing of life sustaining treatment for children
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