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Dutch Euthanasia: Background, Practice, and Present Justifications
Dutch developments on euthanasia have drawn much attention over the years. Defenders and opponents have been telling very different stories about the practice of euthanasia and the frequency of cases, and the Dutch government ...
The Ethics of Letting Go
The Asbury Draft Policy on Ethical Use of Resources
Many doctors find themselves torn between two contradictory principles: to do the best for the individual patient and to be responsible for an overall budget that is insufficient for the best care for each individual ...
Exploring the Role of Religion in Medical Ethics
From time to time medical ethicists bemoan the loss of a religious perspective in medical ethics. The discipline had its origins in the thinking of explicitly religious thinkers such as Paul Ramsey and Joseph Fletcher. ...
Models of the Doctor-Patient Relationship and the Ethics Committee: Part One
Models of the doctor-patient relationship determine which value will predominate in the interaction of the parties. That value then significantly colors and even sometimes alters the nature of the ethical discussion. ...
Beyond Autonomy to the Person Coping With Illness
In this essay I will examine some of the critique that has been building against autonomy. In doing so I will be concentrating more fully on one of a number of issues I raised in previous work about the limitations ...
Clinical Ethics as Medical Hermeneutics
There are several branches of ethics. Clinical ethics, the one closest to medical decisionmaking, can be seen as a branch of medicine itself. In this view, clinical ethics is a unitary hermeneutics. Its rule is a guideline ...