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State Interests in Terminating Medical Treatment
Judicial reasoning in termination of treatment decisions has neglected valid state interests in the preservation of life and the ethical integrity of medicine. Courts must balance these interests against individual liberty, ...
Conflicts Between Patients' Wishes to Forgo Treatment and the Policies of Health Care Facilities
The authors explore the question of how the right of patients to refuse life-sustaining treatment can be reconciled with a hospital's or nursing home's differing philosophy of care. They review three recent court cases ...
Ethical Issues in Growth Hormone Therapy
Growth hormone therapy for short children who do not meet the classic criteria for growth hormone deficiency should be evaluated from the perspective of cultural values, not biologic norms of health. Physicians can weigh ...
Pluralism Within the Church
Trends in the Development of Medical Ethics in the USSR
The study of professional ethics has a long tradition in the Soviet Union; medical ethics is a code of conduct as well as an academic discipline. The paper discusses the ethical issues in intensive care, the definition ...
Medical Ethics in the German Democratic Republic
Medical ethics has been developing in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) since the 1970's on the basis of the traditional ethics of physicians and the socio-economic fundamentals of our socialist state. Medical care provided ...
We Must Rescue Them
Leber describes the motivation and goals of Operation Rescue, a pro-life activist organization. Arguing that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death, Leber blames the acceptance of abortion ...
Pluralism and the Good: Can Ethics Take Pluralism Seriously? Bioethics as Civil Discourse
In separate essays, Engelhardt and Jennings discuss the problem of bioethical discourse in a pluralistic society where there is profound disagreement over the morality of abortion, euthanasia, embryo research, and other ...