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The Moral Status of the Near-Term Fetus
Continuing a dialogue begun in an earlier issue of the
An Introduction to Philosophical Medical Ethics: The Arthur Case
The application of moral theory to decisions involving medical ethics is illustrated by the 1981 case in which a British pediatrician, Dr. Leonard Arthur, was acquitted of attempted murder for prescribing dihydrocodeine ...
In one of a series of articles on philosophical medical ethics, Gillon examines problems associated with the term "rights." He focuses first on the distinction between legal and institutional rights on the one hand and moral ...
Kicking Against the Pricks: Two Patients Wish to End Essential Insulin Treatment
Two clinical cases are presented for ethical analysis: one involves a 33-year old prisoner, hospitalized in a diabetic coma, who accepted insulin in the hospital but had attempted suicide in prison and indicated that he ...
Ordinary and Extraordinary Means
The Roman Catholic doctrine of ordinary and extraordinary means in patient care decisions is the subject of this essay in Gillon's series on medical ethics. He briefly traces the Church history of this doctrine, which holds ...
Conclusion: The Arthur Case Revisited
Justice and Allocation of Medical Resources
In one of a series of short articles on philosophical medical ethics, Gillon examines the principle of justice as it applies to adjudicating competing claims for the distribution of scarce medical resources. He describes ...
Paternalism and Medical Ethics
In one of a series of articles on philosophical medical ethics, Gillon considers various moral arguments in support of medical paternalism. He maintains that the utilitarian principle of maximizing happiness by improving ...
To What Do We Have Moral Obligations and Why? II
Following up on his 1 June 1985 article on moral obligations to living human beings versus other sentient beings, Gillon focuses on arguments for and against prohuman "speciesism," the claim that "viability" is a justifiable ...