This clear, accessible text/reference explores the full range of contemporary issues in health care ethics from a practical wisdom approach. The authors present the fundamental concerns of modern medical ethics–-autonomy, beneficence, justice, and confidentiality-–and then provide analysis, cases, and insights from professional literature to discuss them. Throughout, the discussion starts with larger issues or concepts and principles and then focuses on specific problems or complications.
A revised second edition that develops the principles used in American health care ethics and examines the problems of applying these principles to controversial situations. Among the issues discussed are patient autonomy and confidentiality, and new methods of reproduction. This volume addresses not only the ethical problems of health care providers, but addresses the concerns of patients as well. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)