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In this book, developed by a group of collaborating scholars in bioethics from different European countries, an overview is given of the most salient themes in present-day bioethics. The themes are discussed in order to enable the reader to have an in-depth overview of the state of the art in bioethics. Introductory chapters will guide the reader through the relevant dimensions of a particular area, while subsequent case discussions will help the reader to apply the ethical theories to specific clinical problems and health policy queries. The book focuses on perspectives typical for the European context. This highlights not only particular bioethical themes such as social justice, choices in health care, and health policy (e.g., in post-communist countries), it also emphasizes specific approaches in ethical theory, in relation to Continental philosophies such as phenomenology and hermeneutics. Because of its articulation of what is typical for the European health care setting as well as for bioethical debate, this book is unique in comparison to existing textbooks in bioethics. The book is an introductory textbook acquainting the reader with the major issues in present-day health care as well as the various theoretical and practical approaches to clarify these issues.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Health Care Ethics - bioethics - death - ethics - gene therapy - health - history of bioethics - history of medical ethics - medical ethics - social justice
Preface. List of contributors. Introduction. Part 1: Foundations and History of Bioethics. 1.1. History of medical ethics; D. Gracia. 1.2. Theoretical models and approaches to ethics; H.A.M.J. ten Have. Part 2: Person and Body. 2.1. The human body; W.J.M. Dekkers. 2.2. What is a person? M. Evans. Part 3: Person and Community. 3.1. Social justice and solidarity; E. Gefenas. 3.2. Choices in health care: Waiting list, rationing and priorities; H.A.M.J. ten Have. 3.3. Health care ethics committees; C.D. Melley. Part 4: Procreation and Reproduction. 4.1. In vitro fertilisation and ethics; P.T. Schotsmans. 4.2. Ethics, genetics, and human gene therapy; D. Gracia. 4.3. Genetic interventions and personal identity; R.F. Chadwick. Genetics and culture; H.A.M.J. ten Have. Part 5: Suffering and Death. 5.1. Images of death and dying; W.J.M. Dekkers. 5.2. Terminal care and ethics; Z. Szawarski. 5.3. Withholding and withdrawing treatment; F.J. Illhardt. 5.4. Euthanasia; H.A.M.J. ten Have. Part 6: Practical Information. Index of Names. Index of Subjects.