Summary: This rich collection provides an in-depth look at major cases that have defined and shaped the field of medical ethics. Popular among teachers and students alike, it contains more detail than most casebooks and enriches each famous (or infamous) case with extensive historical and contextual background. Each case is illuminated by careful discussion of pertinent philosophical theories and legal and ethical issues. Classic Cases in Medical Ethics is also a natur ...show moreal complement to Pence's Classic Works In Medical Ethics. A brand-new chapter 1 provides an overview of ethical theories and moral reasoning, discusses common mistakes in moral reasoning, and gives an historical overview of ethical theories and medical ethics. The focus of Chapter 4, Physician-Assisted Dying, has been changed from Dr. Kevorkian to Oregon's legalization. Chapter 5 on assisted reproduction now goes far beyond baby Louise Brown's in vitro fertilization and discusses up-to-date issues such as egg donation, choice of embryos, and the possibility of human cloning.
Other new sections include: multiple births, elderly parents having children, anonymous versus confidential donation of gametes, controversies over brain death, kinds of slippery slopes, discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on physician-assisted dying, assisted reproduction, commercialization of reproductive services, testing of AIDS drugs in Africa, the ethics of emergency contraception, HIV exceptionalism and legal/financial issues about HIV infection, libertarian critiques of single-payer medical systems, ethical issues in the Pittsburgh protocol of non-heart beating cadaver donors for organ transplantation, and resymptomatic testing for hereditary breast cancer. ...show less