The complexities of a healthcare situation often include the moral concerns and religious commitments ofthe patient, but they should also include those of the healthcare professionals. In this approach to problems in medical ethics, the contributors provide case studies, interviews,...
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The complexities of a healthcare situation often include the moral concerns and religious commitments ofthe patient, but they should also include those of the healthcare professionals. In this approach to problems in medical ethics, the contributors provide case studies, interviews, and personal narratives that enables ethicists to listen more attentively, and thus offer wiser responses to the moral issues at stake.;Chapters include a review of classic 20th-century writing on religion and medicine, and examination of the issues surrounding organ transplants, an exploration of ways to affirm the dignity of the dying, and a discussion of how we can connect the experience of mortality with what it means to be human.
1. Religion, Ethics, And Clinical Immersion: An Appraisal Of Three Pioneers 2. The Bios Of Bioethics And The Bios Of Autobiography 3. Adequate Images And Evil Imaginations: Ethnography, Ethics And The End Of Life 4. "It's What Pediatricians Are Supposed To Do" 5. Ethics, Faith, And Healing: Jewish Physicians Reflect On Medical Practice 6. Organ Transplants: Death, Dis-Organization And The Need For Religious Ritual 7. Giving In Grief: Perspectives Of Hospital Chaplains On Organ Donation 8. Boundary Crossings: The Ethical Terrain Of Professional Life In Hospice Care 9. Professional Commitment To Personal Care: Nurses' Commitments In Care For The Dying 10. "Apart And Not A Part": Death And Dignity
Caring Well provides a fresh approach to problems in medical ethics. It shows how attending closely to the concerns and religious commitments of both patients and professionals enables ethicists to offer wiser critiques of moral issues in the field of health care. Beginning with chapters that work to recover an experience-near method of engaging moral problems from classic twentieth century writing on religion and medicine, the contributors next consider how the practice of care-giving is shaped by the particular commitments of professionals, the communities they serve, and patients themselves. Then, through on-the-ground accounts of issues attending the donation and transplantation of organs, contributors consider how ethicists might help patients, their families, and professionals work through conflicts between commitments. The final chapters offer perspectives on the ways experience-near appraisals of care for the dying can help all parties concerned -- health care professionals, patients, their families, and ethicists -- to affirm the dignity of the dying and to connect the experience of mortality with what it means to be human. Book jacket.
Smith is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University.