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Principles of Health Care Ethics
Second edition
edited by Richard E. Ashcroft

Principles of Health Care Ethics is a standard resource for students, professionals, and academics wishing to understand current and future issues in healthcare ethics.

The focus on ‘Four Principles Method’ is relaxed to cover more different methods in health care ethics.

With a distinguished international panel of contributors working at the leading edge of academia, this volume presents a comprehensive guide to the field, with state of the art introductions to the wide range of topics in modern healthcare ethics, from consent to human rights, from utilitarianism to feminism, from the doctor-patient relationship to xenotransplantation.


I. Methodology and Perspectives

  1. The ‘Four Principles’ Approach to Health Care Ethics
  2. Theories of Autonomy
  3. Beneficence
  4. Responsibilities for Poverty-Related Ill Health
  5. Liberalism and Communitarianism
  6. How Many Principles for Bioethics?
  7. Casuistical Reasoning in Medical Ethics
  8. Utilitarianism and Bioethics
  9. Deontology
  10. Kantian Ethics
  11. Feminist Approaches to Health Care Ethics
  12. Virtue Theory
  13. Moral Relativism
  14. Christian Approaches to Bioethics
  15. Judaism and Medicine: Jewish Medical Ethics
  16. The Search for Islamic Bioethics Principles
  17. Buddhist Bioethics
  18. South Asian Approaches to Health Care Ethics
  19. The Specious Idea of an Asian Bioethics
  20. Narrative Ethics
  21. Empirical Approaches to Health Care Ethics
  22. Medical Sociology and the Redundancy of Empirical Ethics
  23. The Use of Thought Experiments in Health Care Ethics
  24. Deliberative Bioethics
  25. Law, Ethics and Health Care
  26. Medical Humanities: An Overview
  27. Reflective Equilibrium as a Method in Health Care Ethics
  28. Hermeneutic Ethics between Practice and Theory
  29. Paternalism in Health Care and Health Policy
  30. Need: An Instrumental View
  31. Rights
  32. Exploitation in Health Care
  33. Competence to Consent
  34. The Doctrine of Double Effect
  35. Ordinary and Extraordinary Means
  36. Acts and Omissions
  37. Personhood and Moral Status
  38. Commodification
II. Issues in Health Care Practice

  1. Consent and Informed Consent
  2. Treatment Decisions for Incapacitated Patients
  3. Children's Consent to Medical Treatment
  4. Patients and Disclosure of Surgical Risk
  5. Confidentiality
  6. Truth-telling, Lying and the Doctor–Patient Relationship
  7. Personal Beliefs and Patient Care
  8. Conscience and Health Care Ethics
  9. Care in Families
  10. The Ethics of Primary Health Care
  11. The Nurse–Patient Relationship: A ‘Principles plus Care’ Account
  12. Dual Responsibilities: Do They Raise Any Different Ethical Issues
  13. Violent and Abusive Patients: An Ethically Informed Response
  14. The Moral Significance of the Human Foetus
  15. Will We Need Abortion in Utopia?
  16. Maternal–Foetal Conflict
  17. Limits to Reproductive Liberty
  18. Disability without Denial
  19. Disability and Equality: Should Difference Be Welcomed?
  20. Genetic Counselling
  21. Ethics and Psychotherapy: An Issue of Trust
  22. Mental Illness and Compulsory Treatment
  23. Personality Disorders and Compulsory Detention
  24. Labia Mea, Domine: Media, Morality and Eating Disorders
  25. Intellectual Disability
  26. Ethical Issues and Health Care for Older People
  27. Organs and Tissues for Transplantation and Research
  28. Living Donor Organ Transplantation
  29. Euthanasia and Principled Health Care Ethics: From Conflict to Compromise?
  30. Understanding and Misunderstanding Death
  31. Ethics without Boundaries: Medical Tourism
  32. Ethics of Performance Enhancement in Sport: Drugs and Gene Doping
  33. Training Good Professionals: Ethics and Health Care Education
  34. Ethics Consultations and Ethics Committees
III. Medicine in Society

  1. The Concepts of Health and Illness
  2. Community in Public Health Ethics
  3. Health Promotion, Society and Health Care Ethics
  4. Preventing Disease
  5. Quantitative Methods for Priority-Setting in Health: Ethical Issues
  6. Economics, Political Philosophy and Ethics: The Role of Public Preferences in Health Care Decision Making
  7. Decision Analysis: the Ethical Approach to Most Health Decision Making
  8. Health Inequities and the Social Determinants of Health
  9. Organizational Ethics in Health Care
  10. Ethical Issues in Epidemiology
  11. Screening: Ethical Aspects
  12. Vaccination Ethics
  13. The Patient as Victim and Vector: Bioethics and the Challenge of Infectious Disease
  14. Bioterrorism, Society and Health Care Ethics
  15. Drug Addiction, Society and Ethics
  16. Smoking: Is Acceptance of the Risks Fully Voluntary?
  17. Doctors and Human Rights
  18. Duties to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Host Countries’ Medical Systems
  19. Medical Aid in Disaster Relief
IV. Research Ethics and Ethics of New Technologies

  1. The Ethics and Governance of Medical Research
  2. The Ethics of Animal Research
  3. The Ethical Requirement for Systematic Reviews for Randomized Trials
  4. Informed Consent for Research
  5. Evaluating Benefits and Harms in Clinical Research
  6. Patients’ Obligations?
  7. Standard of Care Owed to Participants in Clinical Trials: Different Standards in Different Countries?
  8. Justice and Priority Setting in International Health Care Research
  9. Obligations of the Pharmaceutical Industry
  10. Ethics and Medical Publishing
  11. Human Reproductive Cloning
  12. Obtaining Human Eggs for Stem Cell Research: Ethical Issues
  13. The Ethics of Xenotransplantation
  14. Pharmacogenomics
  15. Ethical Issues in Human Gene Transfer: A Historical Overview
  16. The Ethics of Ageing, Genetics and Immortality
  17. Ethical Issues of Enhancement Technologies
  18. Psychosurgery and Neuroimplantation: Changing What is Deep
  19. Resisting Addiction: Novel Application of Vaccines


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Principles of Health Care Ethics
Second edition
edited by Richard E. Ashcroft

2007 • 838 pages • $368.00 + shipping
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