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Toward a Virtue-Based Normative Ethics for the Health Professions
Virtue is the most perdurable concept in the history of ethics, which is understandable given the ineradicability of the moral agent in the events of the moral life. Historically, virtue enjoyed normative force as long as ...
Families' Self-Interest and the Cadaver's Organs: What Price Consent?
In a commentary in this issue of
The Patient Self-determination Act, which took effect in December 1991, is designed to alert patients to their right to execute advance directives that will guide treatment decisions should they become incompetent. This ...
Emerging Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
A Catholic Perspective on Human Gene Therapy
The questions of changes in the human genetic program have been debated by world legislatures, churches, and scientific communities. Papal teachings emphasize a global respect for each patient and the sacred dignity of all ...