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Meaning and Medicine : A Reader in the Philosophy of Health Care - James Lindemann

Meaning and Medicine

A Reader in the Philosophy of Health Care

Paperback Published: 22nd July 1999
ISBN: 9780415919166
Number Of Pages: 416
For Ages: Up to 18 years old

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Most available resources for teachers and students in biomedical ethics are based on a notion of medicine and of how to understand and illuminate its ethical problems that is at least two decades old. "Meaning and Medicine" dramatically expands the repertoire of resources for teachers and students of bioethics. In addition to providing fresh perspectives on both traditional and emerging questions in bioethics, this "Reader" focuses on questions in social philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics as they are raised by developments in contemporary health care.
A chief aim of this resource is to rekindle interest in seeing health care not solely as a set of practices so problematic as to require ethical analysis by philosophers and other scholars, but as a field whose scrutiny is richly rewarding for the traditional concerns of philosophy.

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"Two distinctive and welcome voices in bioethics are once again performing as a duet. James Nelson and Hilde Nelson's new volume, "Meaning and Medicine, will appeal especially to readers and teachers who hunger for a creative integration of the old and the new in bioethics. This volume brings together many fine and familiar standards from the bioethics literature with some striking new voices and new themes. Add to these pieces the Nelsons' interpretive essays, and you have a fine new contribution to bioethics, as well as a strong candidate text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in bioethics ." -Thomas H. Murray, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Table of Contents
Metaphysics Introduction Readings
"On the Distinction Between Disease and Illness,"
"The Disease of Masturbation: Values and the Concept of Disease,"
"Free Will and the Genome Project,"
"(In)Equality, (Ab)Normality and the ADA,"
"Dworkin on Dementia: Elegant Theory, Questionable Policy,"
Epistemology Introduction Readings
"Knowing and Acting in Medical Practice: The Epistemological Politics of Outcomes Research,"
"Clinical Judgment, Expert Programs, and Cognitive Style: A Counter-Essay in the Logic of Diagnosis,"
"The Role of Decision Analysis in Informed Consent: Choosing Between Intuition and Systematicity,"
"Incommensurability: Its Implications for the Patient/Physician Relationship,"
"Knowledge at the Bedside: A Feminist View of What's Happening to This Patient,"
Ethics Introduction Readings
"How Medicine Saved the Life of Ethics,"
"Getting Down to Cases: The Revival of Casuistry in Bioethics,"
"The 'Four-principles' Approach,"
"A Critique of Principlism,"
"Moving Forward in Bioethical Theory: Theories, Cases and Specified Principlism,"
"From the Ethicist's Point of View: The Literary Nature of Ethical Inquiry,"
"Why a Feminist Approach to Bioethics?," Margaret Little
Social Philosophy Introduction Readings
"Health Care Needs and Distributive Justice,"
"Moral Justice and Legal Justice in Managed Care: The Ascent of Contributive Justice,"
"Meeting the Challenge of Justice and Rationing,"
"Justice in the Allocation of Health Care Resources: A Feminist Account,"
Postmodernity Introduction Readings
"Medical Practice and Social Authority,"
"Christian Science, Rational Choice and Alternative World Views,"
"'Ambiguous Sex' or Ambivalent Medicine? Ethical Issues in The Treatment of Intersexuality,"
"Keeping Moral Spaces Open,"
"Letting the Deaf Be Deaf: Reconsidering the Use of Cochlear Implants in Prelingually Deaf Children,"
"Research Bioethics in the Ugandan Context: A Program Summary,"
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ISBN: 9780415919166
ISBN-10: 0415919169
Series: Reflective Bioethics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: Up to 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 22nd July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.71 x 18.03  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1