Hippocrates' Maze: Ethical Explorations of the Medical Labyrinth

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - 155 páginas
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To contain the Minotaur, the ancient artificer Daedalus crafted a maze so intricate that it bewildered even its maker. Contemporary medicine--'Hippocrates' Maze--is every bit as bewildering, so much so that a new and distinct field, bioethics, has been created to help professional caregivers, patients, and families navigate their way through it. In Nelson's typically inviting and graceful style, the essays collected in Hippocrates' Maze explore the labyrinth of contemporary health care, and arrive at some unusual findings about death and decisionmaking, justice and families, cloning and kinship, and organ donation and intimacy. However, the book's most distinctive conclusions concern bioethics itself: the field is not best seen solely as a source of good advice to doctors, but rather as a way of better understanding our humanity.
 

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The Meaning of the Act Relationship Meaning and Identity in Prenatal Genetic Screening
1
Agency by Proxy
29
Just Expectations Family Caregivers Practical Identities and Social Justice in the Provision of Health Care
49
Deaths Gender
67
Everything Includes Itself in Power Power Theory and the Foundations of Bioethics
85
A Duty to Donate? Selves Societies and Organ Procurement
103
Cloning Families and the Reproduction of Persons
127
Index
145
About the Author
149
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James Lindemann Nelson is professor of philosophy and faculty associate at the Michigan State University's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences. He is co-author of The Patient in the Family (1996) and Alzheimer's: Answers to Hard Questions for Families (1996).

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