Suffering and Bioethics

Hardcover | August 13, 2014

EditorRonald M. Green, Nathan J. Palpant

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Long before it cured disease, medicine aimed to relieve suffering - but despite that precedence, the relief of suffering often takes a back seat in today's biomedical research and treatment. Modern bioethics, too, has been slow to come to terms with suffering. Attention to ethical quandarieshas sometimes displaced attention to the experience of patients.This book seeks to place suffering at the center of bioethical thinking once again. Among the questions its contributors explore are: What is the meaning of suffering? How does it relate to pain? If there can be pain without suffering, can there be suffering without pain? Does suffering requireadvanced cognitive abilities? Can animals suffer? Many believe that we have strong obligations to relieve or minimize suffering; what are the limits of these obligations? Does the relief of suffering justify the termination of a patient's life, as proponents of euthanasia maintain? What is thebearing of suffering on the cherished bioethical principle of autonomy? Can suffering impair a patient's ability to make reasoned choices? To what extent must the encounter with suffering be an important component of medical education? Do religious traditions ever move from efforts to explain andrelieve suffering to positions that justify and promote it? The aim of this book is to undertake a new foray into this "foreign territory" of suffering. With a foreword by the distinguished bioethicist Daniel Callahan, its twenty-two chapters, authored by leading scholars in science and bioethics, are organized so as to examine suffering in its biological,psychological, clinical, religious, and ethical dimensions.

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Long before it cured disease, medicine aimed to relieve suffering - but despite that precedence, the relief of suffering often takes a back seat in today's biomedical research and treatment. Modern bioethics, too, has been slow to come to terms with suffering. Attention to ethical quandarieshas sometimes displaced attention to the expe...

Ronald M. Green is Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College and a member of the department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. From 1992 to 2011 he directed Dartmouth's Ethics Institute. In 1994 he served on the National Institute's of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Daniel Callahan: ForewordRonald M. Green and Nathan J. Palpant: Suffering and Bioethics: an introduction to the volumePart 1: The Nature, Meaning, and Experience of Suffering1. Eric Cassell: Suffering and Human Dignity2. Barry Hoffmaster: Understanding Suffering3. Susan and Gordon Marino: Paying Homage to the Silence of Suffering4. Jospeh Anmato: Suffering, and the Promise of a World without PainPart 2: Suffering in Biology5. Jean Decety: Social Neuroscience Meets Philosophy: Suffering, Empathy, and Moral Cognition6. Daniel Krashin, Natalia Murinova, Catherine Q. Howe, and Jane Ballantyne: The Biology of Suffering7. David Degrazia: What is Suffering and What Sorts of Beings Can Suffer?Part 3: Suffering in Policy and Law8. Daniel B. Hinshaw, Peter D. Jacobson, and Marisa P. Weisel: Individual and Social Callousness Toward Human Suffering9. Roberto Andorno and Cristiana Baffone: Human Rights and the Moral Obligation to Alleviate Suffering10. Margaret Somerville: Exploring Interactions Between Suffering and the LawPart 4: Worldview Perspectives on Suffering and Medicine11. Lisa Cahill: Suffering: A Catholic Theological-Ethical View12. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.: The Orthodox Christian View of Suffering13. Karen Lebacqz: Redemptive Suffering Redeemed: A Protestant View of Suffering14. Laurie Zoloth: Suffering: Reflections from the Jewish Tradition15. Abdulaziz Sachedina: Human Suffering through Illness in the Context of Islamic Bioethics16. Jens Schlieter: Endure, Adapt, or Overcome? The Concept of 'Suffering' in Buddhist Bioethics17. Mark Cherry: Human Suffering and the Limits of Secular BioethicsPart 5: Suffering in the Ethics of Contemporary Medicine and Biotechnology18. Paul Lauritzen: Reproductive Technology in Suffering's Shadow19. Roberta Berry: Genomic Information and Suffering in the Genomic Era20. Mary Anderlik Majumder: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and the Prevention of SufferingPart 6: Concluding Thoughts21. Nathan J. Palpant: Suffering and Ethics in an Age of Empowerment22. Ronald M. Green: The Evil of Suffering