Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
A Paperback edition by Tony Hope in English (Sep 23, 2004)
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Short Description: Medical ethics is an area that has particular interest for the general public as well as for the medical practitioner, and issues concerning medical ethics seem to be constantly in... Read more
Medical ethics is an area that has particular interest for the general public as well as for the medical practitioner, and issues concerning medical ethics seem to be constantly in the headlines. This short and accessible introduction provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine.
Tony Hope deals with thorny moral issues, including euthanasia and the morality of killing. He also explores political questions, such as how we can make sure health care resources are distributed fairly. Each chapter in the book considers a different issue, for example, genetics, modern reproductive technologies, resource allocation, mental health, and medical research. Each section also discusses controversial questions such as: Who should have access to reproductive technology? Is it right to fund expensive drug treatment for individuals? Should treatment for mental illness be imposed on patients without their consent? Considering a wide range of questions of medical ethics, this Very Short Introduction will help to explain some of the confusing issues facing the field of medicine today.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction Paperback edition by Tony Hope
- Tony Hope
- Very Short Introductions
- Oxford University Press
- Publication date
- Sep 23, 2004
- Product dimensions
- 120 x 174 x 11mm
1. Why is medical ethics so exciting? ; 2. Euthanasia ; 3. Allocating heath resources ; 4. People who don't exist: at least not yet ; 5. A tool-box for reasoning ; 6. The inconsistencies of madness ; 7. How modern genetics is testing traditional confidentiality ; 8. Medical research in poor countries ; 9. Ordinary medical practice