Health Care Ethics: A Catholic Theological Analysis, Fifth Edition

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Georgetown University Press, Nov 22, 2006 - Medical - 352 pages
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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• recent papal allocution regarding care of patients in a persistent vegetative state and palliative care for dying patients

 

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It seems so coincidental that all Catholic reviews of health care harp on the "bad" that the democrats have done and what so called "good" the republican leaders have accomplished. While I think Regan did an excellent job as a leader, tell me where his health care plan has gotten the republican party? Yes, there is no perfect plan but the right wing can't pick at every proposal the left presents if they don't come up with a better offer themselves. As a Catholic, I say write a book that presents both sides equally and gives a "Catholic=universal" benefit for all (and I mean all whether African American, Jewish, Atheist, Protestant, White, Chinese, Polish, etc.) Americans.  

Contents

BIOETHICS IN A MULTICULTURAL AGE
3
12 THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE ETHICS OF HEALTH CARE
5
13 CURRENT METHODOLOGIES IN BIOETHICS
9
14 FAITH AND REASON IN HEALTH CARE ETHICS
19
15 CONCLUSION
30
ETHICS AND NEEDS OF THE COMMON PERSON
31
22 JESUS CHRIST HEALER AS ETHICAL MODEL
40
23 CHARACTER AND THE MAJOR MORAL VIRTUES
42
SUFFERING AND DEATH A THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
163
62 FEAR OF DEATH
166
63 DEFINING DEATH
169
64 TRUTH TELLING TO THE DYING
173
65 CARE FOR THE CORPSE OR CADAVER
175
66 SUICIDE ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA
178
WITHHOLDING OR WITHDRAWING LIFE SUPPORT
182
68 CARE OF PERMANENTLY UNCONSCIOUS PATIENTS
194

24 PRUDENT DECISION MAKING
50
25 MORAL NORMS ESPECIALLY RELEVANT TO HEALTH CARE
53
26 CONCLUSION
60
CLINICAL ISSUES
61
SEXUALITY AND REPRODUCTION
63
32 WHEN DOES HUMAN LIFE BEGIN?
69
33 ETHICAL ISSUES IN REPRODUCTION
73
34 PASTORAL APPROACH TO ETHICAL PROBLEMS ARISING FROM SEXUALITY
88
35 CONCLUSION
89
RECONSTRUCTING AND MODIFYING THE HUMAN BODY ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES
91
42 GENETIC INTERVENTION
94
43 GENETIC SCREENING AND COUNSELING
98
44 ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION
103
45 RECONSTRUCTIVE AND COSMETIC SURGERY
108
46 EXPERIMENTATION AND RESEARCH ON HUMAN SUBJECTS
113
47 CONCLUSION
122
MENTAL HEALTH ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES
125
51 WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
126
52 MEDICALSURGICAL THERAPIES
130
53 PSYCHOTHERAPIES
136
54 THE CHRISTIAN MODEL OF MENTAL HEALTH
145
55 ETHICAL PROBLEMS IN MENTAL THERAPY
148
56 CONCLUSION
160
69 TREATMENT OF PAIN
197
610 CONCLUSION
198
SOCIAL AND PASTORAL RESPONSIBILITIES
201
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
203
DEPERSONALIZING TRENDS
204
72 CHARACTERISTICS OF MEDICINE AS A PROFESSION
206
73 HEALTH CARE COUNSELING
210
74 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION AND CONFIDENTIALITY
212
75 THE POLITICAL SITUATION OF HEALTH CARE TODAY
215
76 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE POLICY
218
77 HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY
225
78 RESPONSIBILITIES OF CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
227
79 CONCLUSION
233
PASTORAL CARE
235
82 PASTORAL CARE OF THE HEALTH CARE STAFF
239
83 PASTORAL CARE AND ETHICAL COUNSELING
241
84 SPIRITUAL COUNSELING IN HEALTH CARE
244
85 CELEBRATING THE HEALING PROCESS
249
86 CONCLUSION
255
GLOSSARY
257
REFERENCES
265
INDEX
305
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Benedict M. Ashley, OP, a priest of the Dominican Order, Chicago Province, is Emeritus Professor of Moral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He is a senior fellow of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. He has been honored with the medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice conferred by John Paul II and the Thomas Linacre Award from the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds. He is coautor of Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook, Third Edition (with Kevin O'Rourke, OP).

Jean deBlois, CSJ, is director of the Master of Arts in Health Care Mission program at Aquinas Institute of Theology. She also acts as sponsor liaison to Ascension Health for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and serves on the Ascension Health Board of Directors. She is a former Vice President for Mission and Sponsorship at the Catholic Health Association.

Kevin O'Rourke, OP, is professor emeritus and founder of the Center for Health Care Ethics at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. He is a professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Public Policy, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago. He is author of Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings, Third Edition and coauthor of A Primer for Health Care Ethics: Essays for a Pluralistic Society, Second Edition.

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