If I Were a Rich Man Could I Buy a Pancreas?

If I Were a Rich Man Could I Buy a Pancreas? : And Other Essays on the Ethics of Health Care

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Arthur L. Caplan has become a significant voice in contemporary debates on health care. This volume features his most important work on such issues as organ procurement, in-vitro fertilization, and the rationing of medical care, along with new essays on residents' autonomy in nursing homes and on the ethical issues raised by the project to map and sequence the human genome.show more

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 163.1 x 242.6 x 32.8mm | 846g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253313074
  • 9780253313072

About Arthur L. Caplan

ARTHUR L. CAPLAN is Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Surgery at the University of Minnesota.show more

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Arthur L. Caplan has been an important voice in bioethics for many years. In a great number of essays and articles he has taken on some of the most pressing issues in bioethics today. This book brings his most important work together with new essays on autonomy in nursing homes and on the ethical issues raised by the mapping and sequencing of the human genome. In an introductory essay Caplan updates some of his views and responds to criticisms. Caplan begins with a discussion the nature of work in applied ethics. He rejects the view that those who do bioethics or any other version of applied ethics are merely the servants of moral theoreticians. Next, Caplan examines some of the tough moral questions raised by the use of animals in biomedical research. While not recognizing that animals have rights, he argues for more humane treatment when they are used in scientific research. In a group of essays on human experimentation, Caplan studies such issues as privacy and the obligation to serve as a voluntary subject in medical experimentation. In subsequent essays, he explores the frontiers of medicine in genetics, reproductive technology, and transplantation and reviews the challenges posed to the American health care system as the population grows older. Caplan concludes by confronting the pressing public policy issues of cost containment and rationing. He rejects the view that rationing is the only means available for reducing the escalating costs of health care and suggests strategies that would control costs while affording access to basic medical care for every American.show more

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"An important contribution to a debate that will continue for some time." Health and Canadian Society "Insightful and thought-provoking... As Caplan has demonstrated so clearly ... we would all be better off if the ethicists spoke first and not last." The Washington Post "Caplan's views are important and instructive... [This] book represents some of his best work." New England Journal of Medicine "Caplan's [book] is thought provoking, insightful, and well argued. I recommend it highly." The Journal of the American Medical Association " ... a generously illustrated discourse on method in medical and practical ethics." Ethicsshow more

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