Synopses & Reviews
As physicians are faced with new and wonderful options for saving lives, transplanting organs, and furthering research, they also must wrestle with new and troubling choices -- who should receive scarce and vital treatment, how we determine when life ends, what limits should be placed on care for the dying, and more. This book by renowned theologian Paul Ramsey, first published thirty years ago, anticipated these moral and ethical issues and addressed them with cogency and power, providing the intellectual foundations for the field of bioethics. This second edition of Ramsey's classic work includes a new foreword by Margaret Farley and essays by Albert R. Jonsen and William F. May that help to locate and interpret Ramsey historically and intellectually.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1. Consent as a canon of loyalty with special reference to children in medical investigations -- Ch. 2. On updating procedures for stating that a man has died -- Ch. 3. On (Only) caring for the dying -- Ch. 4. The self-giving of vital organs: a case study in comparative ethics -- Ch. 5. Giving or taking cadaver organs for transplant -- Ch. 6. A caveat on heart transplants -- Ch. 7. Choosing how to choose: patients and sparse medical resources.