Medical Ethics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702025433

Medical Ethics

1st Edition

A Case-Based Approach

Authors: Lisa Schwartz Paul Preece Rob Hendry
Paperback ISBN: 9780702025433
Imprint: Saunders Ltd.
Published Date: 18th November 2002
Page Count: 228

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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.

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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About the Author

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