Before a separate Department of Medical Humanities was formed, the editors of this volume were faculty members of the Department of Pediatrics at our medical school. Colleagues daily spoke of the moral and social problems of children's health care. Our offices were near the examining rooms where children had their bone-marrow procedures done. Since this is a painful test, we often heard them cry. The hospital floor where the sickest children stayed was also nearby. The physicians, nurses, and social workers believed that children's health care needs were not being met and that more could and should be done. Fewer resources are available for a child than for an adult with a comparable illness, they said. These experiences prompted us to prepare this volume and to ask whether children do get their fair share of the health care dollar. Since the question "What kind of health care do we owe to our children?" is complex, responses should be rooted in many disciplines. These include philosophy, law, public policy and, of course, the health professions. Representing all of these disciplines, contributors to this volume reflect on moral and social issues in children's health care. The last hundred years have brought great changes in health care tor children. The specialty of pediatrics developed during this period, and with it, a new group of advocates for children's health care. Women's suffrage gave a political boost to the recognition of children's special health needs.
`This book is essential reading for all pediatricians, pediatric residents, and medical students, since it will give them an insight into where pediatrics has come from, and where it is going.'
I. Porter, The Journal of Pediatrics, May 1990, 116:5
`I wish all pediatricians, pediatric residents, and medical students could read this book and understand where pediatrics has come from, and where it is going. In the process they would not only learn the interrelation of environment and biology, but also the importance of ethics in the care of children and the need for physicians to work with others to solve the health care problems of America's children.'
Robert J. Haggerty, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center
`Dies ist ein lesenswertes Buch. Jedem, der sich mit diesen (Fragen der Ethik in der Medizin) Problemen auseinandersetzt, sei dieses anregende und auch preiswerte Buch empfohlen.'
Monatzeitschrift fur Kinderheilkunde, 38:5, 1990
Children's Health as a Social and Political Issue.- Child Health and Public Policy.- Comments on Barbara Starfield's 'Child Health and Public Policy'.- Development of the U.S. Federal Role in Children's Health Care: A Critical Appraisal.- American Social and Political Thought and the Federal Role in Child Health Care.- Children as Research Subjects.- When is the Risk Minimal Enough for Children to be Research Subjects?.- Children, Illness, and Death.- Death and Children'S Literature: Charlotte's Web and the Dying Child.- Charlotte the Spider, Socrates, and the Problem of Evil.- Children's Conceptions of Illness and Death.- Terminally Ill Children and Treatment Choices: a Reply to Gareth Matthews.- Children's and Parents' Roles in Medical Decisionmaking.- Children and Adolescents: Their Right to Decide About Their Own Health Care.- Children and Health Care Decisionmaking: A Reply to Angela Holder.- Children's Competence for Health Care Decisionmaking.- Consent and Decisional Authority in Children's Health Care Decisionmaking: A Reply to Dan Brock.- Questions Parents Should Resist.- Taking the Family Seriously: Beyond Best Interests.- The Pediatrician's Role: Theory and Practice.- "Not Miniature Men and Women": Abraham Jacobi's Vision of a New Medical Specialty a Century Ago.- The Development of Pediatrics as a Specialty.- The Good Doctor and the Medical Care of Children.- Comments on John Ladd's 'the Good Doctor and the Medical Care of Children'.- Government by Case Anecdote or Case Advocacy: A Pediatrician's View.- Advocacy: Some Reflections on an Ambiguous Term.- Loving the Chronically Ill Child: A Pediatrician's Perspective.- Love and the Physician: A Reply to Thomas Irons.
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th February 1989
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 1.54