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Values in Medicine

What are We Really Doing to Patients?, 1st Edition

By Donald Evans


240 pages

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Written by a leading proponent of the philosophy and ethics of healthcare, this volume is filled with thought-provoking and frequently controversial ideas and arguments. Accessibly written, it provides readers with a timely contribution to the current literature on medical ethics, in which the concept of subjectivity is a key issue characterizing current medical humanities.

Examining the critical assumption that scientifically-demonstrable facts will remove all uncertainty, the author argues that ethical dimensions of clinical practice do not always arise from undisputed facts, but that they are sometimes to be found at the level of the determinations of the facts themselves.

Firmly placing the patient back on centre stage, without underestimating the crucial role which science plays in modern medicine, this volume is an excellent account of ethics and science in healthcare and their proper place in assessing and meeting people’s health needs.

Table of Contents

1. What are we really doing to patients? 2. Radical disagreement and cultural dissonance 3. Mystery in Sugery 4. Equitable Health Care 5. Is infertility a health need? 6. The child's interests in assisted reproduction 7. Qualifying as a person 8. Are animals our equals? 9. Patients and research 10. Ethics, nanotechnologies and health 11. Imagination and medical education

About the Author

Professor Donald Evans, a philosopher by training, has published widely in Medical Ethics for 23 years. During that period he has directed two Bioethics Centres, one in the University of Wales and the other in the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has completed research projects for many national and international bodies and served on numerous international, regional and local ethics committees. He is currently a Vice-President of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO and the international member of the Stem Cell Oversight Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

About the Series

Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Health
MEDICAL / Ethics