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Rationing and Resource Allocation in Healthcare

by Ezekiel Emanuel, Harald Schmidt & Andrew Steinmetz

You have one liver but three patients awaiting a liver transplant. Who should get the liver? How should we decide? Is it fair to give it to an alcoholic? These are some of the questions that arise in rationing...


Dental Ethics at Chairside

by David T. Ozar, David J. Sokol & Donald E. Patthoff

In the last two decades, more than ever before dentists must determine how to properly maintain their focus on ethics and professionalism in the face of powerful commercial pressures. While there is encouragement...


Beyond Consent

by Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman

Since the publication of the first edition of Beyond Consent, issues of justice remain critical in discussions, debates, and policy making in biomedical research in involving human subjects. The second edition...


Historical Dictionary of Medical Ethics

by Laurence B. McCullough

Medical ethics is the disciplined study of medical morality, with two goals: critically appraising current medical morality and identifying how it should be improved. Medical morality has three components. Physicians,...


An Ethics Casebook for Hospitals: Practical Approaches to Everyday Ethics Consultations, Second Edition

by Mark G. Kuczewski, Rosa Lynn B. Pinkus & Katherine Wasson

Originally published in 1999, this classic textbook includes twenty-six cases with commentary and bibliographic resources designed especially for medical students and the training of ethics consultants. The...


The Organ Shortage Crisis in America

by Andrew Michael Flescher

Nearly 120,000 people are in need of healthy organs in the United States. Every ten minutes a new name is added to the list, while on average twenty people die each day waiting for an organ to become available....


Ethics in Palliative Care

by Robert C. Macauley Md

No specialty faces more diverse and challenging ethical dilemmas than palliative medicine. What is the best way to plan ahead for the end of life? How should physicians respond when patients refuse treatments...


Scarlet A

by Katie Watson

Although Roe v. Wade identified abortion as a constitutional right 45 years ago, it still bears stigma--a proverbial scarlet A. Millions of Americans have participated in or benefited from an abortion, but few...


Hippocrates' Oath and Asclepius' Snake

by T.A. Cavanaugh

T. A. Cavanaugh's Hippocrates' Oath and Asclepius' Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession articulates the Oath as establishing the medical profession's unique internal medical ethic - in its most basic and...


Extreme Caregiving

by Lisa Freitag

Parents who care for children with special needs, particularly those whose children have multiple disabilities or intellectual delays, are pioneers in home health care and caregiving, yet their experience and...


Human Dignity and Assisted Death

by Sebastian Muders

Assisted dying is still an extremely contested topic in Bioethics. Despite the strongly influential role human dignity plays in this debate, it still has not received the appropriate, multi-faceted treatment...


Methods in Bioethics

by John Arras

This book provides an overview and critical discussion of the main philosophical methods that have dominated the field of bioethics since its origins in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first three chapters...


Pharmaceutical Freedom

by Jessica Flanigan

If a competent adult refuses medical treatment, physicians and public officials must respect her decision. Coercive medical paternalism is a clear violation of the doctrine of informed consent, which protects...


Physician-Assisted Death

by Wayne Sumner

The issue of physician-assisted death is now firmly on the American public agenda. Already legal in five states, it is the subject of intense public opinion battles across the country. Driven by an increasingly...


Research and Ethics for the Medical Profession

by J M Albareeq, A Abdul Aal, H Abozenah & F Alhourani et al.

This seminal work, Research and Ethics for the Medical Profession, shares a common thread among all its contributing authors, and that the medical and nursing profession are obligated to act compassionately,...


Biomedical Odysseys

by Priscilla Song

Thousands of people from more than eighty countries have traveled to China since 2001 to undergo fetal cell transplantation. Galvanized by the potential of stem and fetal cells to regenerate damaged neurons...


Negotiating Pharmaceutical Uncertainty

by Eirik Saethre & Jonathan Stadler

Telling the story of a clinical trial testing an innovative gel designed to prevent women from contracting HIV, Negotiating Pharmaceutical Uncertainty provides new insight into the complex and contradictory...


Biosecurity Dilemmas

by Christian Enemark

Biosecurity Dilemmas examines conflicting values and interests in the practice of “biosecurity,” the safeguarding of populations against infectious diseases through security policies. Biosecurity encompasses...


The Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics

The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care

by Mark Sullivan, Md, PhD

Patient-centered care for chronic illness is founded upon the informed and activated patient, but we are not clear what this means. We must understand patients as subjects who know things and as agents who do...