Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall

Analysing Risk in Medicine and Surgery: A Traditional Jewish Perspective
AbstractNo procedure in medicine or surgery is risk free. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, there is an innate risk of further morbidity or mortality associated with every medication, treatment, or surgical procedure. The traditional Jewish...
Christian Bioethics: A Guide for the Perplexed
Christian Bioethics: A Guide for the Perplexed Agneta Sutton. London, UK: T&T Clark/Continuum Books, 2008. ISBN 0-567-03196-9; 180 PAGES, PAPER, $24.95.Written by Agneta Sutton (Department of Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College in the University...
Conflicts of Conscience Matter Because Medicine Matters
Although conflicts of conscience in health care are episodic and relatively rare, they are becoming increasingly frequent as societies become more pluralistic. Refusals by physicians and pharmacists to prescribe emergency and other contraceptives have...
Decisions, Moral Status, and the Early Fetus
AbstractIn "Creation Ethics: The Moral Status of Early Fetuses and the Ethics of Abortion," Elizabeth Harman has offered a novel approach to settling the question of the moral status of some fetuses. In the case of an early fetus (one lacking intrinsic...
Genetic Dilemmas: Reproductive Technology, Parental Choices and Children's Futures, 2nd Edition
Genetic Dilemmas: Reproductive Technology, Parental Choices and Children's Futures, 2nd edition. Dena S. Davis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-537438-4; 211 PAGES, PAPER, $24.95Choice is one of our most basic liberties; we live...
In Defence of Selflessness: A Philosophical Analysis of a Central Virtue in Professional Caring Practices
AbstractThe virtue of selflessness (unselfishness) does not seem to grip the imagination of many professional nurses. This seems a remarkable contrast to traditional speech in nursing. In this paper, the nature and importance of this virtue is defended...
The American Academy of Pediatrics and Female Genital Cutting: When National Organizations Are Guided by Personal Agendas
AbstractThe Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy on female circumcision on April 26, 2010 proclaiming that some forms of genital cutting in minor females were permissible, particularly nicking the clitoris. The...
The Position of the Family of Palliative Care Patients within the Decision-Making Process at the End of Life in Singapore
AbstractThe position of the family unit within the decision making process at the end of life in the context of Singapore is frequently underplayed and poorly understood due in part to its complex interplay with almost every element of patient care....
When Conscience Meddles with Ethics
AbstractThe right of conscience is the right of an individual to refuse to do something requested by another on the basis of a deeply-held moral belief. Although debates over rights of conscience in medicine have focused on controversial questions at...
When Doctors Disagree
ANONYMOUS*Editor's Note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical- ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real situation, some details have been changed in the effort to maintain...