Debating Healthcare Ethics

Paperback | November 10, 2009

byDoran Smolkin, Warren Bourgeois, Patrick Findler

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While most texts present the results of ethical discussions on health care issues, Debating Health Care Ethics shows students how debates on philosophical ethics are conducted.

Debating Health Care Ethics provides the tools to examine issues critically. Early chapters introduce readers to philosophical arguments and methods, the strengths and weaknesses of major normative theories, and the ethical positions of the three text authors (Deontological Pluralism, Contractarianism, and Virtue Ethics).

After laying the foundation for argumentation and theory, the text examines important ethical issues in health care. A brief drama-dialogues between patient or family member and health care provider (all composites of actual people)-introduce a moral problem for each chapter. After the case, a debate ensues between the authors; positions emerge, and are defended, revised, and sometimes rejected. The cases and debates expose students to the philosophical thought process-the development of arguments, objections, and counter-arguments. Reading through the evolution of each argument exposes students to the art of debating.

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While most texts present the results of ethical discussions on health care issues, Debating Health Care Ethics shows students how debates on philosophical ethics are conducted.Debating Health Care Ethics provides the tools to examine issues critically. Early chapters introduce readers to philosophical arguments and methods, the strengt...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.2 × 7.1 × 0.7 inPublished:November 10, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0070835403

ISBN - 13:9780070835405

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Arguments and Methods

Chapter 2: Philosophical Ethics: An Introduction

Chapter 3: Our Philosophical Approaches

Chapter 4: Euthanasia

Chapter 5: Autonomy and the Right to Refuse Treatment

Chapter 6: Abortion

Chapter 7: C-Section by Choice

Chapter 8: Two-Tier Health Care

Chapter 9: Microallocation of Scarce Resources

Chapter 10: Alternative Medications and Professional Relationships