In this title, drawing on insights from Continental, Feminist and Religious thought, an international team of leading scholars explore alternative approaches to medical ethics. Exploring alternative approaches to medical ethics emerging from the latest research in a broad range of philosophical disciplines and traditions, "Reconceiving Medical Ethics" brings together an international team of leading scholars to explore some of the most important topics in the field. Drawing on insights from Continental, Feminist and Religious thought that are often neglected in discussions of the field, the book takes as its focus a philosophical exploration of the doctor-patient relationship that lies at the heart of any consideration of medical ethics. From this starting point the book goes on to consider such important subjects as attitudes to the body, informed consent, paternalism and the role of the law in medicine. Including discussion of case studies in each chapter, "Reconceiving Medical Ethics" opens up new avenues for discussion of this crucial topic in practical ethics today.
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Introduction Christopher Cowley; Part I: The Patient's Perspective; 1. The Body As Subject and Object of Suffering Guy Widdershoven; 2. The Body: Property, Commodity or Gift? Alastair Campbell; 3. Autonomy, Understanding and Informed Consent David Levy; 4. Conceptions of Fate, Luck and Responsibility Nafsika Athanassoulis; 5. Lay Understandings of Genes and Genetic Illnesses Ruth Wilkinson; 6. The Patient's Religious Beliefs Alastair Campbell; 7. Mental Illness and Medical Ethics Julian Hughes; 8. Old Age and Dependency Mark Wicclair; 9. Terminal Illness and Palliative Care Guy Widdershoven; Part II: The Doctor's Perspective; 10. Truth-Telling, Medical Advice and Paternalism Christopher Cowley; 11. The Character of a Doctor: Attitudes to Suffering and Death; 12. Clinical and Ethical Judgement Julian Hughes; 13. The Role of Conscience in Medicine Mark Wicclair; 14. Medical Education Nafsika Athanassoulis; 15. Reconceiving Feminist Medical Ethics; 16. The Role of the Law in Medicine Richard Huxtable; Bibliography; Index.