Textbook of Healthcare Ethics by Erich E.H. Loewy, Roberta Springer Loewy

By Erich E.H. Loewy, Roberta Springer Loewy

The following, Erich H. Loewy expands on his prior ebook Textbook of clinical Ethics (1989) supplying healthcare employees and scholars a brand new standpoint on moral perform. Textbook of Healthcare Ethics specializes in the social stipulations within which scientific perform happens and the way moral healthcare judgements includes nurses, social employees, psychologists, technicians, and sufferers in addition to physicians. This completely revised and increased version addresses old and theoretical underpinnings and sensible matters. a chain of case reports serve as a suggestion for extra dialogue. The textual content examines provocative concerns akin to organ donation, care of the terminally in poor health, abortion, HIV-positive healthcare execs, physician-assisted suicide, and experimentation with fetal tissue. this is often an awesome ebook for all individuals of the healthcare crew in addition to scholars and citizens in any self-discipline of drugs.

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They suffer from the same problem as an appeal to law: They become a circular way of arguing. If, however, religion only prescribes good or proscribes bad ways of acting, we are left with asking what the criteria for judging such acts good or bad are. Inevitably, we are left with using a form of justification that must lie outside religion itself. 19 20 Chapter 2 Furthermore, we live in nations and in a world in which multiple cultural and even legal systems must live side by side, and, if we are to get on with our lives, we must coexist peacefully.

An action considered to be wrong–lying, for example–is wrong under every and all circumstances. The resulting conflict is inevitable in daily life and highlighted in medical practice. Further, Kant’s ethic is one of pure form and lacks specific content; the categorical imperative (“act so that you can will the maxim of the action to be a universal law”) is impeccably true but provides little guidance in concrete situations. In defense of Kant, however, it must be said that he clearly did not set out to give specific answers to specific problems in concrete situations.

Readers who are interested in more detailed understanding of healthcare ethics are urged to refer to some of the primary sources themselves. At the outset, however, a few words need to be said about the problem of justification: How do we judge a given course of action as one ethically appropriate (or at least as ethically not inappropriate) versus judging it to be ethically inappropriate? This gets us to the question of authority: What kind of “authority” is sufficient (or put another way: What assumptions can safely be accepted) when we argue our point?

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