Bioethics and Disability

Bioethics and Disability : Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics

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Bioethics and Disability provides tools for understanding the concerns, fears and biases that have convinced some people with disabilities that the health care setting is a dangerous place and some bioethicists that disability activists have nothing to offer bioethics. It wrestles with the charge that bioethics as a discipline devalues the lives of persons with disabilities, arguing that reconciling the competing concerns of the disability community and the autonomy-based approach of mainstream bioethics is not only possible, but essential for a bioethics committed to facilitating good medical decision making and promoting respect for all persons, regardless of ability. Through in-depth case studies involving newborns, children and adults with disabilities, it proposes a new model for medical decision making that is both sensitive to and sensible about the fact of disability in medical cases.show more

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  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139125699
  • 9781139125697

Table of contents

1. The struggle: disability rights versus bioethics; 2. Clashing perspectives and a call for reconciliation; 3. Infancy; 4. Childhood; 5. The reproductive years; 6. Adulthood; 7. The end of life; 8. Toward a disability-conscious bioethics.show more

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'... impressive ... a worthwhile contribution to the field of bioethics and, hopefully, a model for people who are so struck by these thorny issues that they are likely to take up the challenge to be disability-conscious.' Theoretical Medicine and Bioethicsshow more