Ethics, conflict and medical treatment for children - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702077814

Ethics, conflict and medical treatment for children

1st Edition

From disagreement to dissensus

Authors: Dominic Wilkinson Julian Savulescu
Paperback ISBN: 9780702077814
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 31st January 2019
Page Count: 192

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This book has two principal aims. Firstly, it will to equip doctors, law makers, students and the public with the knowledge and skills to make better decisions about the use of medical treatment, especially experimental treatment, in situations of disagreement and life-threatening illness. Secondly, it will create a new way of approaching medical ethics that embraces moral disagreement and pluralism. It will establish a distinctive approach to 21st century medical ethics.

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


Chapter 1: The Charlie Gard case


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 


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About the Author

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, Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK