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Ethics in Medicine. Virtue, Vice and Medicine. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2250407
  • Book
  • December 2005
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How, in a secular world, should we resolve ethically controversial and troubling issues relating to health care? Should we, as some argue, make a clean sweep, getting rid of the Hippocratic ethic, such vestiges of it as remain? Jennifer Jackson seeks to answer these significant questions, establishing new foundations for a traditional and secular ethic which would not require a radical and problematic overhaul of the old.

These new foundations rest on familiar observations of human nature and human needs. Jackson presents morality as a loose anatomy of constituent virtues that are related in different ways to how we fare in life, and suggests that in order to address problems in medical ethics, a virtues-based approach is needed. Throughout, attention is paid to the role of philosophy in medical ethics, and how it can be used to clarify key notions and distinctions that underlie current debates and controversial issues. By reinstating such concepts as justice, cardinal virtue, and moral duty, Jackson lays the groundwork for an ethics of health care that makes headway toward resolving seeming dilemmas in medical ethics today.

This penetrating and accessible book will be invaluable to students of sociology and health care, as well as those who are interested in the ethical uncertainties faced by the medical world.

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Chapter One: Virtues and Vices

Chapter Two: Justice – A Problematic Virtue?

Chapter Three: Benevolence – A Problematic Virtue?

Chapter Four: Benevolence – The Only Virtue?

Chapter Five: The Dictates of Conscience

Chapter Six: The Duty to Obtain Consent

Chapter Seven: ‘First, Do No Harm'

Chapter Eight: Duties to Give, and Rights to Get, Health Care

Chapter Nine: Distributive Justice in Health Care

Chapter Ten: Abortion

Chapter Eleven: Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Chapter Twelve: Killing and Letting Die

Chapter Thirteen: Patients’ Deaths and Doctors’ Decisions

Chapter Fourteen: Moral Issues in Reproductive Medicine

Chapter Fifteen: In Retrospect


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Jennifer Jackson University of Leeds.
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