Who Decides?

Conflicts of Rights in Health Care

  • Nora K. Bell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Nora K. Bell
      Pages 1-25
  3. Patients and Their Healers

    1. Guenter B. Risse
      Pages 27-45
  4. Limits of Professional Autonomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 49-66
    3. Sally Gadow
      Pages 95-106
  5. Refusing/Withdrawing from treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Thomas Szasz
      Pages 109-118
    3. Ruth Macklin
      Pages 119-131
    4. James L. Stiver
      Pages 133-136
  6. Death and Dying Electing Heroic Measures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. James A. Bryan II
      Pages 139-147
    3. Kevin Lewis
      Pages 163-166
  7. Advancing Reproductive Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Daniel Callahan
      Pages 169-178
    3. George J. Annas
      Pages 179-192
    4. F. Patrick Hubbard
      Pages 193-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-204

About this book


Many of the demands being voiced for a "humanizing" of health care center on the public's concern that they have some say In determining what happens to the individual in health care institutions. The essays in this volume address fundamental questions of conflicts of rights and autonomy as they affect four selected, controversial areas in health care ethics: the Limits of Professional Autonomy, Refusing! Withdrawing from Treatment, Electing "Heroic" Measures, and Advancing Reproductive Technology. Each of the topics is addressed in such a way that it includes an examination of the locus of responsibility for ethical decision­ making. The topics are not intended to exhaustively review those areas of health care provision where conflicts of rights might be said to be an issue. Rather they constitute an examination of the difficulties so often encountered in these specific contexts that we hope will illuminate similar conflicts in other problem areas by raising the level of the reader's moral awareness. Many books in bioethics appeal only to a limited audience in spite of the fact that their subject matter is of deep personal concern to everyone. In part, this is true because they are frequently written from the perspective of a single discipline or a single profession. As a result, one is often left with the impression that such a book views the philosophical, historical, and! or theological problems as essentially indifferent to clinical, legal, and! or policy-making problems.


Beauchamp Ethics Health Care Ethics autonomy bioethics health health care morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Nora K. Bell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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