"Health Care Ethics" is a comprehensive study of significant issues affecting health care and the ethics of health care from the perspective of Catholic theology. It aims to help Christian, and especially Catholic, health care professionals solve concrete problems in terms of principles rooted in scripture and tested by individual experience; however, its basis in real medical experience makes this book a valuable resource for anyone with a general interest in health care ethics. This fifth edition, which includes important contributions by Jean deBlois, C.S.J., considers everyday ethical questions and dilemmas in clinical care and deals more deeply with issues of women's health, mental health, sexual orientation, artificial reproduction, and the new social issues in health care. The authors devote special attention to the various ethical theories currently in use in the United States while clearly presenting a method of ethical decision making based in the Catholic tradition. They discuss the needs of the human person, outlining what it means to be human, both as an individual and as part of a community.
This volume has been significantly updated to include new discussions of recent clinical innovations and theoretical issues that have arisen in the field: the Human Genome Project; efforts to control sexual selection of infants; efforts to genetically modify the human genotype and phenotype; the development of palliative care as a medical specialty; the acceptance of non-heart beating persons as organ donors; embryo development and stem cell research; reconstructive and cosmetic surgery; nutrition and obesity; medical mistakes; the negative effects of managed care on the patient-physician relationship; and, recent papal allocution regarding care of patients in a persistent vegetative state and palliative care for dying patients.
"While affirming Catholic Church teaching, [the editors] address controversies within the Catholic community and challenges from without... Provides a much-needed account of social responsibility and public policy as well as the sacramental and healing dimensions of true care." -- America "Clear, careful on reproductive and life issues and yet challenging, particularly in addressing matters of distributive justice and the social responsibility of health care systems and practitioners... the fifth edition offers an intriguing way of classifying ethical theories, a bit different from any traditional classification method I have seen to date." -- Vision "This [book] can become a great teaching moment for the Church's magisterium." -- The Thomist "The fifth edition of this classic work is equal in its quality, if not better, than earlier versions... While this work is intellectually solid, deeply grounded in scripture, theology, a humanistic natural law tradition, and various ethical approaches to bioethics, this book is remarkably 'user friendly.' I recommend this text for educated adults, undergraduates and graduate ministerial students." -- Catholic Library World