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Ethics in medicine historical perspectives and contemporary concerns



Ethics in medicine historical perspectives and contemporary concerns



Ethics in Medicine Historical Perspectives And Contemporary Concerns 679



This anthology of readings in medical ethics explores the moral and ethical foundations of medical practice and medical science. The readings are drawn from the literature of history, medicine, philosophical and religious ethics, economics and sociology. A wide range of topics and issues are covered, such as law and medicine, truth-telling by the physician, research, population policy, genetics, abortion, dying and individual rights in medical care. The selections span the centuries, beginning with material from the works of Hippocrates, continuing through Thomas Percival, John Stuart Mill and Claude Bernard, down to modern commentators like Henry K. Beecher, Walsh McDermott, David L. Bazelon, Paul Freund, H.L.A. Hart, John Rawls, Paul Ramsey, Richard McCormick, Rashi Fein and Bernard Barber. The book has 8 major divisions, beginning with sections on the ethical dimensions of the physician-patient relationship in history; the moral bases of medical ethics; and regulation, compulsion and protection of the consumer in clinical medicine and public health. Subsequent sections focus on truth-telling in the physician-patient relationships; medical experimentation on human subjects; procreative decisions; suffering and dying; and rights and priorities in the provision of medical care. Most of the selections are republished in their entirety; several essays appear here for the 1st time. Cases that illustrate moral dilemmas are provided for discussion purposes. Each section is preceded by an editor's introduction. The documents and essays are of practical value for practitioners and students in medicine, law, ethics and counseling, and for individual patients and groups concerned with medical care.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0012-3692(15)37371-2


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