Bioethics : Catastrophic Events in a Time of Terror

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This book benefits from the emergence of bioethics as it has evolved from its clinical roots to address policy, politics, and social practice far removed from that origin. It situates terrorism and bioterrorism in the field of ethical inquiry. Finally, it treats the catastrophic event as a category or genre and so enables us to enrich inquiry by ranging from hurricane and flood to terrorist more

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  • Hardback | 188 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739135279
  • 9780739135273

About Howard B. Radest

Howard B. Radest is adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of South more

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Public health and health care staff, all sector leaders, and societal decision makers face novel logistical, operational, and moral challenges in every catastrophe, whether natural, man-made, or overlapping. This beautifully written text sets the background and instructs readers how to build sound moral approaches into their responses to disaster. Each chapter will help the reader learn how to incorporate ethical considerations in the decision-making process to better face bio-terrorist events and severe natural calamities. Decisions in catastrophe situations all too easily can lead to unintended consequences, oppression, unfair suspension of autonomy and civil liberties, distrust, poor cooperation, and severe mental stress, if an ethical framework is not included. Stakeholders, decision-makers, and staff will appreciate the carefully constructed explanations about how ethics can be included in their responses to challenges they have never faced before. Partners in communities can use this text as a guide to plan and conduct drills which will help their people move from despair to resilience. -- Harvey Kayman, California Department of Public Healthshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. The Many Faces of Terror Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Ethics, Thick and Thin Chapter 4 Chapter 3. The Law Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Katrina-Rehearsal for Terrorism Chapter 6 Chapter 5. The Case of Dr. Pou Chapter 7 Chapter 6. SARS Chapter 8 Chapter 7. It Hasn't Happened...Yet! Chapter 9 Chapter 8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Chapter 10 Chapter 9. Sword of Damocles? Chapter 11 Chapter 10. Conclusions and Confusionsshow more