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Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook [Paperback]

Benedict M. Ashley , Kevin D. O'Rourke

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23 July 2002 0878403752 978-0878403752 3rd Revised edition
In the wake of the successful cloning of animals and the promises - or fears - of stem cell research, new discoveries in science and medicine need more than ever to be accompanied by careful moral reflection. Contending that concern over the ethical dimensions of these and other like issues are no longer just in the domain of those involved in medical practice, the third edition of "Ethics of Health Care" claims these are vital topics that should matter deeply to all citizens. While stressing the Catholic tradition in health care ethics, "Ethics of Health Care" is ecumenical, incorporating a broader Christian tradition as well as humanistic approaches, and takes as common ground for mutual understanding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. This new third edition is a response to the many developments in theology and the startlingly rapid changes in the arenas of medicine and health care over the past decade, from the dominance of managed care to increased surgery on an "outpatient" basis; from hospice care for the dying to the increasing use of drugs in the treatment of mental illness. Revised and thoroughly up-to-date, this third edition continues with its valuable teaching aids, including case studies, study questions, chapter summaries, a bibliography, and complete index.

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"[A]n introductory textbook that is ideal for medical and nursing education... can also be used as a resource for the ongoing renewal for the Catholic health care ministry." --Health Progress

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Benedict M. Ashley, OP, a priest of the Dominican Order, Chicago Province, is Emeritus Professor of Moral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He is a senior fellow of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. He has been honored with the medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice conferred by John Paul II and the Thomas Linacre Award from the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds. Kevin O'Rourke, OP, is professor emeritus and founder of the Center for Health Care Ethics at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. He is a professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Public Policy, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago.

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By Eric D. Albright - Published on Amazon.com
I to have used the book for an online course,(perhaps the same one?) and found the book easy to follow and understand. The guidance provided this book is useful, but it is important to state the obvious that this book is from the Catholic perspective. As a non Catholic Christian I found the point of view very useful. I read the book prior to the class and then again with the class and found more in it each time I read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ethics book review 27 Mar 2006
By Rita L. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
I used this book for an online Ethics course; I think it should be used only in a classroom setting. I did not care for the questions or the case study at the end of the chapter. Many times, both were to be answered by opinion only. I think the questions should relate more to information within the text that can be answered. Again, this book should be used in a classroom setting, not for an online course. However, I would not recommend this book for either setting.
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