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Healthy Respect

R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck and Malcolm Macnaughton

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001
Healthy Respect

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In recent years doctors, nurses, and all health care professionals have become increasingly aware of the complexity of the moral dilemmas that can be created by caring. The central theme of this book is that these dilemmas, whether found in consulting rooms, hospital wards, dental surgeries, social work departments, or managers' offices cannot be resolved solely by the expertise derived from the social sciences. There is no escape from a professional's own moral and value judgements. This book offers an introduction to moral concepts and values, and illustrates how they can be identified, analysed, and applied in particular situations. These issues are discussed in Part 1 in what is basically a philosophical context. Part 2 discusses specific topics, such as consent, confidentiality, the giving or withholding of information, and the economics of health care. Medical problems such as resuscitation, artificial reproduction, terminal care, and research and testing of drugs are carefully analysed. Each chapter in Part 2 offers further questions for debate, and there are references back to the philosophical underpinning in Part 1.

Keywords: scientific understanding; ethics; responsibility; argument; learning ethics; teaching ethics; teams; artificial conception; terminal care; public health; economics

Book.  310 pages. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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Moral Values in Healthy Respect

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