Bioethics in a Liberal Society

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All this is especially relevant to the question of making the hospital, and the health-care system generally, sensitive to the autonomy of the individual patient, particularly in the delicate but momentous area of patients making decisions about the manner of their dying. Here, more than in any other sphere of medicine, physicians must see themselves, while maintaining their own professional autonomy and recognising their own professional obligations, as the ancillaries of the patient, whether the patient is competent or incompetent.


NOTES
1.
Immanuel Kant, Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals, 1785, trans. Carl J. Friedrich, in The Philosophy of Kant, New York, Modern Library, 1949.
2.
Summa Theologiae, 2a, 2ac, q.64, art. 5.
3.
See 2a, 2ae, q.65, art. 5 ad 3.
4.
Richard A. McCormick, "'Physician assisted suicide: flight from compassion'", Christian Century, 108, 1991, p. 1132.
5.
Deciding to Forgo Life-Sustaining Treatment: A Report on the Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues in Treatment Decisions, President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1983.
6.
Philippa Foot, "'Euthanasia'", in Ernan McMullin ed., Death and Decision, Washington, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Selected Symposium 18, 1978, pp.102-3.
7.
Richard A. McCormick, "'Legislation and the Living Will'", in the same author's How Brave a New World?, New York, Doubleday, 1981, p.406.
8.
ibid., p.406.
9.
For an overview of the report, see Paul J. van der Maas et al., "'Euthanasia and other medical decisions concerning the end of life'", The Lancet, 8338, 1991, 609-74.
10.
See Pieter Admiraal, "'Is there a place for euthanasia?'", Bioethics News, Monash University, 10, 4, 1991, pp.10-22.
11.
Patrick Verspieren, Face à celui qui meurt, Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 1984, p.23.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • 1- Introduction 1
  • 2- Autonomy and The Liberal Ideal 10
  • Notes 27
  • Notes 60
  • 4- Beginning Life 63
  • Notes 104
  • 5- Distributing Health-Care Resources 107
  • Notes 154
  • 6- Consensus in A Liberal Society 160
  • Notes 168
  • Index 169
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