Ethics in Medicine

Ethics in Medicine

ISBN: 9781573920735
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 1996-07-01
Number of pages: 264
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Ethical questions in medicine have become common topics of discussion during the past twenty years. Bitter disputes have arisen regarding abortion, suicide, human experimentation, as well as the management of the dying patient and the severely disabled newborn. These issues are loaded with such emotion that it is sometimes difficult to look at them in a rational manner.

Noted neurosurgeon and author Milton D. Heifetz has made the tough decisions in tragic, often anguishing situations. As a member of hospital ethics committees for many years, Dr. Heifetz found that discussions of complex issuesmany involving urgent matters of life and deathwere all too often clouded by tradition, dogma, and gut reactions. A comprehensive moral foundation with the flexibility to respond to often rapidly changing circumstances is desperately needed if health-care professionals are to confront head-on the daily questions of medical ethics. Dr. Heifetz offers this moral grounding to help all who must make difficult medical choices: physicians, nurses, patients, families, and policy makers struggling to develop substantive rules for medical conduct.

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