Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children

Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children

From disagreement to dissensus

1st Edition - August 5, 2018

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  • Authors: Dominic Wilkinson, Julian Savulescu
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702077821
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702077814

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What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be best for a child? When should courts become involved? Should life support be stopped against parents’ wishes? The case of Charlie Gard, reached global attention in 2017. It led to widespread debate about the ethics of disagreements between doctors and parents, about the place of the law in such disputes, and about the variation in approach between different parts of the world. In this book, medical ethicists Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu critically examine the ethical questions at the heart of disputes about medical treatment for children. They use the Gard case as a springboard to a wider discussion about the rights of parents, the harms of treatment, and the vital issue of limited resources. They discuss other prominent UK and international cases of disagreement and conflict. From opposite sides of the debate Wilkinson and Savulescu provocatively outline the strongest arguments in favour of and against treatment. They analyse some of the distinctive and challenging features of treatment disputes in the 21st century and argue that disagreement about controversial ethical questions is both inevitable and desirable. They outline a series of lessons from the Gard case and propose a radical new ‘dissensus’ framework for future cases of disagreement. .

Key Features

  • This new book critically examines the core ethical questions at the heart of disputes about medical treatment for children.
  • The contents review prominent cases of disagreement from the UK and internationally and analyse some of the distinctive and challenging features around treatment disputes in the 21st century.
  • The book proposes a radical new framework for future cases of disagreement around the care of gravely ill people.

Table of Contents

  • Disagreement

    Chapter 1: The Charlie Gard case

    Agreement

    Chapter 2: Futility

    Chapter 3: Best interests

    Chapter 4: Resources

    Chapter 5: Research

    Chapter 6: Parents

    Agreeing to disagree

    Chapter 7: Dissensus and value pluralism

    Chapter 8: Embracing disagreement

    Chapter 9: Learning from Charlie Gard

    Appendix 1: Savulescu's view

    Appendix 2: Wilkinson's view 

Product details

  • No. of pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: August 5, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702077821
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702077814

About the Authors

Dominic Wilkinson

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medical Ethics, Director of Medical Ethics, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Consultant Neonatologist, John Radcliffe Hospital; Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford.

Julian Savulescu

Affiliations and Expertise

Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Distinguished Visiting International Professorship in Law, University of Melbourne, Australia

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