Some Choice

Some Choice : Law, Medicine and the Market

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This book is a passionate critique of the shallowness of choice rhetoric used to camouflage critical personal and public policy issues in contemporary debates in American medicine. Our public discourse on life and death, from health care to medical research, and from risky behaviour to assisted suicide, is dominated by the market model of consumerism augmented by appeals to individual freedom. In fact, however, in most cases there is no real choice left for individuals to make; the important choices have been made by others, and the illusion of choice fosters complacency. Knee-jerk libertarianism leads to a superficial comsumer culture and life choices valued only by their monetary value. Some Choice uses the cases of cloning, drive-through deliveries, emergency medicine, genetic privacy, human experimentation, tobacco control, and physician-assisted suicide, among others, to suggest ways in which we can break through our vapid and superficial public discourse on life and death issues and begin to engage in a public dialogue that enriches our lives and society rather than cheapens them. George Annas is one of the most widely recognized names in current bioethics debates.
His goal in this new book is to help open a national and international dialogue that sees the search for universal human rights as valuable, and international cooperation to define, protect, and promote them as central to life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 168.7 x 243.3 x 26.9mm | 603.29g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195118324
  • 9780195118322

Table of contents

I MARKET CHOICES; 1. Choice's Echo; 2. Women and Children First; 3. Exit, Voice, and Choice; 4. Metaphors, Medicine, and the Market; II TREATMENT CHOICES; 5. Cancer, Prognosis, and Choice; 6. Cuture, Economics, and Choice; 7. Treating the Untreatable; 8. Outlawed Choices; 9. Genetic Prochecy and Genetic Privacy; III ILLUSORY CHOICES; 10. Choosing a Healthy President; 11. A Woman's Choice at Work; 12. A Soldier's Choice; 13. Our Most Important Product; 14. Plagued by Dreams; IV TOXIC CHOICES; 15. AIDS and TB Choices; 16. Tobacco Choices; 17. Cowboys and Camels; 18. Smoking with the Devil; V CHOICES IN DYING; 19. The Kevorkian Syndrome; 20. Oregon's Bloodless Choice; 21. The Bell Tolls; VI GLOBAL CHOICES; 22. Toward a Globalization of Human Rights and Medical Ethics
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About George J. Annas

George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., is the Edward R. Utley Professor of Law and Chair of the Health Law Department at the School of Public Health, Boston University. He is the author of several books, including The Nazi.
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