Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
This new edition includes substantially revised and updated chapters from the first edition, along with new chapters on issues regarding the ethics of public health practice, international health research, and genetic epidemiology. (cover)
"Ethics in Health Care provides an intense introduction to important issues in the field from some of its most renowned experts. This DVD set is recommended for clinicians, health administrators, members of ethics committees and anyone interested in furthering their understanding of compelling moral questions in health care" -- Container.
Ethics in health care
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1. Ethics : what is it and why is it important? / Michael Stingl (ca. 38 min.) -- 2. Duties or consequesnces : foundational ideas / Alister Browne (ca. 45 min.) -- 3. Common morality : a principlist approach / Robert Veatch (ca. 53 min.)-- 4. Respect for autonomy : a closer look / James Childress (ca. 54 min.) -- 5. On being good : virtue ethics / Edmund Pellegrino (ca. 65 min.) -- 6. Ethics in a world of difference : challenges of human diversity / Alice Dreger (ca. 56 min.) -- 7. More sides to the story : faith-based perspectives / Mary Lou Cranston (ca. 48 min.) -- 8. In need of a map! : concepts and frameworks in ethical decision making / Patricia Rodney & Michael McDonald (ca. 76 min.) -- 9. Issues at the end of life : caring ethically / Peter A. Singer (ca. 51 min.) -- 10. Allocating scarce resources : who benefits? / Robert M. Veatch (ca. 63 min.) -- 11. Systems and structures : ethics in organizations / Nuala Kenny (ca. 45 min.) -- 12. Clinical ethics consultation : providing support / Michael M. Burgess (ca. 51 min.)