Culture, Illness and Healing

Social Science Perspectives on Medical Ethics

Editors: Weisz, G. (Ed.)

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Medical or hio- ethics has in recent years been a growth industry. Journals, Centers and Associations devoted to the subject proliferate. Medical schools seem increasingly to be filling rare positions in the humanities and social sciences with ethicists. Hardly a day passes without some media scrutiny of one or another ethical dilemma resulting from our new-found ability to transform the natural conditions of life. Although bioethics is a self-consciously interdisciplinary field, it has not attracted the collaboration of many social scientists. In fact, social scientists who specialize in the study of medicine have in many cases watched its development with a certain ambivalence. No one disputes the significance and often the painfulness of the issues and choices being addressed. But there is something about the way these issues are usually handled which seems somehow inappropri­ ate if not wrong-headed to one trained in a discipline like sociology or history. In their analyses of complex situations, ethicists often appear grandly oblivious to the social and cultural context in which these occur, and indeed to empirical referents of any sort. Nor do they seem very conscious of the cultural specificity of many of the values and procedures they utilize when making ethical judg­ ments. The unease felt by many in the social sciences was given articulate expression in a paper by Renee Fox and Judith Swazey which appeared in 1984.

Table of contents (7 chapter)

  • Biomedical Rituals and Informed Consent: Native Canadians and the Negotiation of Clinical Trust

    Joseph M. Kaufert, John D. O’Neil

    Pages 41-63

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  • Moral Conflicts in a Psychiatric Hospital Treating Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Allan Young

    Pages 65-82

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  • The Origins of Medical Ethics in France: The International Congress of Morale Médicale of 1955

    George Weisz

    Pages 145-161

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  • Human Experimentation and the Origins of Bioethics in the United States

    David J. Rothman

    Pages 185-200

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  • The Evolution of American Bioethics: A Sociological Perspective

    Renée C. Fox

    Pages 201-217

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Science Perspectives on Medical Ethics
Series Title
Culture, Illness and Healing
Series Volume
16
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1930-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1930-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0566-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7361-5
Edition Number
1
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