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Child Welfare Versus Parental Autonomy: Medical Ethics, the Law, and Faith-Based Healing
Over the past three decades more than 200 children have died in the U.S. of treatable illnesses as a result of their parents relying on spiritual healing rather than conventional medical treatment. Thirty-nine states ...
Is There an Aboriginal Bioethic?
It is well recognised that medicine manifests social and cultural values and that the institution of healthcare cannot be structurally disengaged from the sociopolitical processes that create such values. As with many other ...
Ethics in the Practice of Health Law
Medical Ethics and Double Effect: The Case of Terminal Sedation
The use of terminal sedation to control the intense discomfort of dying patients appears both to be an established practice in palliative care and to run counter to the moral and legal norm that forbids health care ...
Guardianship and Consent
It has been argued elsewhere that "consent is the hallmark of our health care system". If this is correct, then what is the position of those who are not capable of deciding whether (or not) to give consent to health care? ...