Praying for a Cure: When Medical and Religious Practices Conflict

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März 1999



Three medical ethicists take varied and often opposing stands on the ethical, social, and political issues that arise when religious and medical practices conflict. The interchange focuses on the tensions between the belief systems, institutional practices, and health-related decisions of Christian Scientists and those of a secularized medically oriented, broader society.


Part 1 Acknowledgments
Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1
High-Risk Religion: Christian Science and the Violation of Informed Consent Margaret P. Battin Chapter 4 2
Rational Choice and Alternative Worldviews: A Defense of Christian Science Peggy DesAutels Chapter 5 3
Put Up or Shut Up? Countering the Defense of Christian Science Margaret P. Battin Chapter 6 4
Putting Up Peggy DesAutels Chapter 7 5
Challenging Medical Authority Larry May Chapter 8 6
Challenging Medical Metaphysics Peggy DesAutels Chapter 9 7
Respecting Medical Science and Christian Science Larry May Chapter 10 8
Protecting Christian Science from Medical Science Peggy DesAutels Part 11 Conclusion: Agreeing to Disagree? Margaret P. Battin Part 12 Index
Part 13 About the Authors


Peggy DesAutels is assistant professor of philosophy and associate director of the Ethics Center at the University of South Florida. Margaret P. Battin is professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah and the author of numerous books, including Ethics in the Sanctuary: Examining the Practicesof Organized Religion (Yale) and The Least Worst Death: Essays in Bioethics on the End of Life (Rowman & Littlefield). Larry May is professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and has authored numerous books, including The Socially Responsive Self (Chicago). He is also the co-editor of Rethinking Masculinity (Rowman & Littlefield).


The right to turn one's chosen source is now well established in both law and ethics, but where children are unable to choose for themselves the situation is fraught with moral difficulties. This book highlights some of these difficulties and gives an insight into the doctrines and beliefs of Christian Scientists. There are no easy answers, although the insights offered by this book help to inform the debate. Bulletin Of Medical Ethics
EAN: 9780847692637
ISBN: 0847692639
Untertitel: 'Point/Counterpoint: Philosophe'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1999
Seitenanzahl: 148 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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