The Ethics of Environmentally Responsible Health Care: The Environmental Crisis and the Ethics of…

Hardcover | October 29, 2003

byJessica Pierce, Andrew Jameton

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As the state of the natural world declines, environmentally related health problems will increasingly shape the landscape of human health and disease. The confluence of several global trends - rapid population growth combined with an even more dramatic increase in natural resource consumption- drives ecological deterioration, and this in turn poses serious challenges to health. U.S. medicine and bioethics have too long ignored the relevance of these global trends to health care. This groundbreaking work is a call to attention. It brings bioethics and health care squarely into the21st century. The book shows how environmental decline relates to human health and to health care practices in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. It outlines the environmental trends that will strongly affect health, and challenges us to see the connections between ways of practicing medicine and thevery environmental problems that damage ecosystems and make people sick. In addition to philosophical analysis of the converging values of bioethics and environmental ethics, the book offers case studies as well as a number of practical suggestions for moving health care toward sustainability. Theexploration of a hypothetical Green Health Center, in particular, offers an intellectual and moral framework for talking about environmental values in health care. Engaging and challenging, this book will appeal not only to health professionals and philosophers, but to anyone concerned about how topreserve and promote both human health and the health of the natural world.

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As the state of the natural world declines, environmentally related health problems will increasingly shape the landscape of human health and disease. The confluence of several global trends - rapid population growth combined with an even more dramatic increase in natural resource consumption- drives ecological deterioration, and this...

Jessica Pierce is at University of Nebraska.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:October 29, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195139038

ISBN - 13:9780195139037

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Table of Contents

1. The Challenge of Sustainable Health2. Linking Health and Environmental Change3. Population and Consumption4. Environmental Aspects of Health Care5. The Green Health Center6. At the Bedside7. Global Ethics and Justice8. New Ways of Thinking About Ethics

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"Jessica Pierce and Andrew Jameton examine new ways of thinking about bioethics, with a sense of urgency because of current ecologic realitiesit calls moral concerns into health care decision making in fundamentally new ways." -Environmental Health Perspectives