ERIC Number: ED225893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Cases in Bioethics from the Hastings Center Report.
Levine, Carol, Ed.; Veatch, Robert M.
Case studies of ethical issues based on real events are followed by comments illustrating how people from various ethical traditions and frameworks and from different academic and professional disciplines analyze the issues and work toward a resolution of the conflict posed. The cases are intended to help the public and professional persons pursue reflective, well-thought-out solutions to real human moral dilemmas, using a systematic ethical analysis. There are seven chapters. The case studies in chapter 1, on issues in reproduction, treat abortion, population programs, risk taking and birth defects, sterilization, and rape. Chapter 2, on patient-physician relationships, examines homosexuality, choosing a therapy when doctors disagree, and faith healing for childhood leukemia. Mental health and medical interventions are the topics of the third chapter. Euthanasia, nurturing a defective newborn, organ donation, and family wishes and patient autonomy are examples of topics treated in chapter 4 on death and dying. Chapters 5 and 6 examine human subjects research and the allocation of scarce (health) resources. The concluding chapter deals with public policy and includes cases on laetrile, baby making, anti-aging drugs, drinking on the job, and state legislation regarding child passenger protection. (RM)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adult Education, Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Death, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Higher Education, Medical Services, Mental Health, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Physician Patient Relationship, Public Policy, Reproduction (Biology), Social Problems, Values Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hastings Center, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.