Ethics and Law for the Health Professions

Ethics and Law for the Health Professions

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Ethics and Law for the Health Professions is a cross-disciplinary medico-legal book whose previouseditions have been widely used in the medical world. This new 3rd edition is fully revised with all ethics and law topics updated to reflect recent developments. New chapters include dealing specifically with children, health care and the environment, infectious diseases, public health, and ethics and chronic disease. All law sections have been extensively re-visited by Dr Cameron Stewart. Its special features are its focus on a clinically relevant approach, and its recognition that health care professionals are often confronted by legal issues and ethical issues at the same time. Health professionals have to satisfy both, and their legal advisers need to be aware of the dilemmas this can present. This book is careful to distinguish between ethics and law. Its chapters take account of all the health professions, and their differing responsibilities, and cover a very wide range of the issues they face.
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  • Paperback | 700 pages
  • 166 x 238 x 46mm | 1,338.09g
  • Annandale, NSW, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 1862877300
  • 9781862877306
  • 77,591

Table of contents

ContentsPreface Introduction 1 What is Ethics? 2 Ethical Theories and Concepts 3 Relativism and Pluralism 4 Introduction to Law5 Introduction to Principle-Based Ethics 6 Clinical Ethics and Ethical Decision-Making 7 Professionalism and Standards of Care 8 Standards of Care, Errors and Negligence9 The Student in the Health-Care Environment 10 Nursing 11 Truth-Telling (Veracity) 12 Confidentiality and Record-Keeping 13 Impairments of Decision-Making Capacity 14 Consent 15 Treatment and Non-Treatment Issues: The Limits of Medical Care 16 CPR and No-CPR Orders 17 Genetics 18 Sexuality and Reproduction 19 Abortion 20 Children 21 People with Mental Illness 22 Ethics and Chronic Disease 23 The Elderly 24 Post-Coma Unresponsiveness and Brain Death 25 Organ Donation and Transplantation 26 Euthanasia 27 Public Health 28 Infectious Diseases 29 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 30 Resource Allocation and International Health 31 Biomedical Research 32 Health Care and the Environment 33 Complementary and Alternative Medicine 34 The Pharmaceutical Industry Index
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In 1979, the American authors Tom L Beauchamp and James F Childress published the first edition of Principles of Biomedical Ethics. They espoused the theory of what has come to be known as "principlism" as a bridge between the deontological and utilitarian approaches to bioethics. They identified four central values - autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice - as the fundamental moral principles in terms of which to address ethical dilemmas in biomedical theory and practice. Since 1979, Principles of Biomedical Ethics has gone through five editions, and has become a virtually magisterial text, at least in the English speaking world. Ethics and Law for the Health Professions bids fair to become equally magisterial in the Australian context. Now in its second edition, it too espoused the principlist approach to bioethical issues, but, like its American counterpart, it acknowledges also the significance of other subsidiary values - professional integrity, veracity, confidentiality, privacy and fiduciary responsibility - to mention but a few. Ethics and Law for the Health Professions professes to be an introductory text in bioethics and law. It can be used as a teaching resource or as a handbook. It is both comprehensive and detailed, and although the average length of each of its thirty-one chapters is only twenty pages, there is sufficient substance in each chapter both to outline the issues involved and to point towards a resolution. Not everyone - including this reviewer - will agree with all the resolutions. A liberal individualist view of autonomy and a utilitarian assessment of beneficence tend to hold sway, but other perspectives are carefully examined, and a fair and very up-to- date selection of references is appended to the end of each chapter. What is particularly to be commended is the structure of the text. The separation of ethics and law in each chapter underlines a very important distinction when addressing these issues. Otherwise the legal decisions can be accepted as putting an end to ethical debate. Further, the "hot" topics of euthanasia, abortion, IVF, stem cell research, etc., are addressed in the latter third of the book, and to this degree need to be seen against the general ethical and legal theories which are discussed in the first third, and the "procedural" values - veracity, confidentiality, professionalism, etc. - which occupy the middle chapters. There are special chapters on various classes of patients: the elderly; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; and those suffering from mental illness and post-coma unresponsiveness and the authors do not resile from presenting strong challenges to contemporary ethical practice, especially in the chapters on organ donation and brain death, experimentation in animals, resource allocation, complementary and alternative medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. In all, this is an excellent text, and I am sure, like its American counterpart, it will go through many editions. - William J Uren SJ, Australian Health Review, Vol 29 No 3, August 2005
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