The Roots of Bioethics: Health, Progress, Technology, Death

Hardcover | October 11, 2012

byDaniel Callahan

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Daniel Callahan - whose cofounding of The Hastings Center in 1969 was one of the most important milestones in the history of bioethics - has written on an uncommonly wide range of issues over a long career. They have moved back and forth between clinical care of individual patients and theethical problems of health care research and delivery. Through his many writings, four core problems have recurred in all of his work, and influence each of the others. What is health and how has its understanding been shaped by medical progress and the culture of medicine and society? What is progress, a deep value in modern health care and how should we judge it? What kinds of technological innovations that come out of the drive for progress are really good forus - and what do we do when there is a clash between individual good and social good in the use of expensive technologies, a problem now evident in the unsustainable high costs of health care? How should our understanding of the place of an inevitable death in all our lives, and its place inmedicine, help us to better think of the goals of medicine and the goals of our life in seeking a good death? Those four questions have been with bioethics from its beginning and will remain with it for the indefinite future. They are the roots of bioethics.

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Daniel Callahan - whose cofounding of The Hastings Center in 1969 was one of the most important milestones in the history of bioethics - has written on an uncommonly wide range of issues over a long career. They have moved back and forth between clinical care of individual patients and theethical problems of health care research and de...

Daniel Callahan is Senior Research Scholar, President Emeritus and co-founder of Hastings Center of Bioethics. He is Co-director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy. He is author of 41 books including most recently Taming the Beloved Beast: Why Medical Technology Costs are Destroying Our Health Care System (Prince...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The Hastings Center and the Early Years of Bioethics2. A Memoir of An Interdisciplinary Career3. Minimalist Ethics4. Individual Good and Common Good5. The WHO Definition of Health6. End-of-Life Care: A Management or Philosophical Problem?7. Death, Mourning and Medical Progress8. Terminating Life-Sustaining Treatment For The Demented9. Killing and Allowing to Die: Why It Is A Mistake To Derive and "Is" from an "Ought"10. Rationing: Theory, Passion, and Politics11. Consumer-Directed Health Care: Promise Or Puffery?12. Social Allocation of Resources For Patients with ESDR13. Shaping Biomedical Research: The Case of NIH14. Time For a Change: Planning Our Medical Future15. Too Much of A Good Thing: How Splendid Technologies Can Go Wrong16. Demythologizing The Stem Cell Juggernaut17. Health Technology Assessment Implementation: The Politics of Ethics18. Bioethics and Fatherhood