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Medicine and Moral Reasoning - K. W. M. Fulford

Medicine and Moral Reasoning

By: K. W. M. Fulford (Editor), Grant R. Gillett (Editor), Janet Martin Soskice (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd May 1994
ISBN: 9780521459464
Number Of Pages: 220

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This collection examines prevalent assumptions in moral reasoning which are often accepted uncritically in medical ethics. It introduces a range of perspectives from philosophy and medicine on the nature of moral reasoning and relates these to illustrative problems, such as New Reproductive Technologies, the treatment of sick children, the assessment of quality of life, genetics, involuntary psychiatric treatment and abortion. In each case, the contributors address the nature and worth of the moral theories involved in discussions of the relevant issues, and focus on the types of reasoning which are employed. 'Medical ethics is in danger of becoming a subject kept afloat by a series of platitudes about respect for persons or the importance of autonomy. This book is a bold and imaginative attempt to break away from such rhetoric into genuine informative dialogue between philosophers and doctors, with no search after consensus.' Mary Warnock

This collection of essays bristles with new ideas. It contributes to the major topical debates on quality adjusted life years, genetic screening, human embryo research, and abortion but also provides a challenge to the restriction of medical ethical debate to quandaries and dilemmas. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sarah Haddon Furness British Medical Journal

List of contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: diverse ethicsp. 1
Darwinism and ethicsp. 6
Creation and relationp. 19
Embryo experimentation: public policy in a pluralist societyp. 29
Ethical considerations in genetic testing: an empirical study of presymptomatic diagnosis of Huntington's diseasep. 41
Identity mattersp. 60
The virtues in a professional settingp. 75
Medical ethics, moral philosophy and moral traditionp. 91
Roman suicidep. 106
Women and children firstp. 131
Moral uncertainty and human embryo experimentationp. 144
Morality: invention or discovery?p. 162
Quality of life and health carep. 171
Dependency: the foundational value in medical ethicsp. 184
Not more medical ethicsp. 193
Indexp. 206
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ISBN: 9780521459464
ISBN-10: 052145946X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 2nd May 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.36