Medical Ethics

A Case-Based Approach


  • Lisa Schwartz, Lecturer in Philosophy of Medicine, Department of General Practice, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • Paul Preece, MD, FACEP, Theme Coordinator of Medical Ethics, Dundee Medical School, Ninewells, Dundee, UK Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Medical Director, Center for Emergency Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rob Hendry, Medical Advisor, Medical & Dental Defense Union of Scotland, Mackintosh House, Glasgow, UK

Medical ethics is a topic of increased importance in the medical school curriculum, and this textbook provides a wealth of knowledge aimed specifically at medical students rather than experienced practitioners. Realistic case studies introduce the discussion in each chapter, making this text highly suitable for case-based courses. This text includes practical coverage of all the issues likely to be of concern to students during their medical careers.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2002
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2543-3

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Ethical theories

3. Clinical relationships

4. Rights of patients, practitioners, and society

5. Accountability

6. The end of life

7. The value of life: Who decides and how?

8. Medical audit and medical research

9. Human reproduction and new reproductive technologies

10. Rationing and rationality: Issues in scarce resource allocation