Ethics and Critical Care Medicine

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September 1985



The expense of critical care and emergency medicine, along with widespread expectations for good care when the need arises, pose hard moral and political problems. How should we spend our tax d'ollars, and who should get help? The purpose of this volume is to reflect upon our choices. The authors whose papers appear herein identify major difficulties and offer various solutions to them. Four topics are discussed throughout the volume: First, encounters between patients and health professionals in critical situations in general, and where scarcity makes rationing necessary; second, allocation and social policy, including how much to spend on preventive, chronic or critical care medicine, or for medicine in general compared to other important social projects; third, conflicts between or ranking of important goals and values; and fourth, conceptual issues affecting the choices we make. Since these topics are raised by the authors in almost every essay, we did not divide the papers into separate sections within the volume. Warren Reich begins the volume with a parable illustrating a key problem for contemporary medicine and two very different approaches to its solution. His story begins with the "delivery" of three indigent, critically ill, foreign patients to the emergency room of a large American private hospital. Although the hospital is legally bound to care for these patients, providing long term, high cost care for them and others soon becomes a major financial strain.


A Movable Medical Crisis.
Moral Absurdities in Critical Care Medicine: Commentary on a Parable.
Moral Tensions in Critical Care Medicine: "Absurdities" as Indications of Finitude.
"Conceptual Construals" vs. Moral Experience: A Rejoinder.
Can Principles Survive in Situations of Critical Care?.
Coercion, Conversation and the Casuist: A Reply to Jay Katz.
Justice and the Hippocratic Tradition of Acting for the Good of the Sick.
Clinical Ethics and Resource Allocation: The Problem of Chronic Illness in Childhood.
Moral Choice, the Good of the Patient, and the Patient's Good.
What Good is Another Paper on The Good? No Codes and Dr. Pellegrino.
Allocating Resources Within Health Care: Critical Care vs. Prevention.
Report of the President's 2003 Commission on the Fall of Medicine.
Triage and Critical Care.
The Ethics of Critical Care in Cross-Cultural Perspective.
Triage: Philosophical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives.
Critical Care in an Historical Context.
Commentary on Stanley J. Reiser's 'Critical Care in an Historical Context'.
Notes on Contributors.
EAN: 9789027718204
ISBN: 9027718202
Untertitel: 'Philosophy and Medicine'. 1985. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1985
Seitenanzahl: 260 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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