Medical Ethics

1st Edition

A Case-Based Approach


  • Lisa Schwartz
  • Paul Preece
  • Rob Hendry
    • Print ISBN 9780702025433

    Key Features

    • Tailors coverage to meet the needs of medical students rather than experienced practitioners.
    • Uses case-based scenarios for realistic learning.
    • Covers the issues most likely to be of concern to students during their medical careers:
      • informed consent and refusal of treatment
      • confidentiality
      • antenatal screening
      • euthanasia
      • advanced directives
      • negligence and malpractice
      • new genetics
      • abortion
      • rationing of health care

    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


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    © 2003
    Saunders Ltd.
    Print ISBN:

    About the authors

    Lisa Schwartz

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Lecturer in Philosophy of Medicine, Department of General Practice, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

    Paul Preece

    Affiliations and Expertise

    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

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Medical Advisor, Medical & Dental Defense Union of Scotland, Mackintosh House, Glasgow, UK