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Bioethics emerged in the 1960s from a conviction that physicians and researchers needed the guidance of philosophers in handling the issues raised by technological advances in medicine. It blossomed as a response to the perceived doctor-knows-best paternalism of the traditional medical ethic and today plays a critical role in health policies and treatment decisions. Bioethics claimed to offer a set of generally applicable, universally accepted guidelines that would simplify complex situations. In this book the author contends that bioethics has failed to deliver on its promises. Instead, he argues, bioethics has promoted a view of medicine as a commodity whose delivery is predicated not on care but on economic efficiency. At the heart of bioethics, he writes, is a "lifeboat ethic" that assumes scarcity of medical resources is a natural condition rather than the result of prior economic, political, and social choices. The idea of natural scarcity requiring ethical triage signaled a shift in ethical emphasis from patient care and the physician's responsibility for it to neoliberal accountancies and the promotion of research as the preeminent good. The solution to the failure of bioethics is not a new set of simplistic principles. Here the author points the way to a transformed medical ethics that is humanist, responsible, and defensible. -- From publisher's website.

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Thieves of virtue: when bioethics stole medicine
2014, MIT Press, The MIT Press
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Cambridge, Mass

Table of Contents

Dead Germans and other philosophers: ethics as a professional or public occupation
Something old: a brief review
Something newer: supply-side ethics
Lifeboat ethics: scarcity as an unnatural state
Biopolitics, biophilosophies, and bioethics
Principles of biomedical ethics
Bioethics and conformal humans
Research and genetics: "for the benefit of humankind"
Choice, freedom, and the paternalism thing
Complex ethics: toward an ethics of medicine.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Series
Basic bioethics, Basic bioethics

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
174.2
Library of Congress
QH332 .K63 2014, QH332

The Physical Object

Pagination
pages.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL39819073M
Internet Archive
thievesofvirtuew0000koch
ISBN 10
0262526786
ISBN 13
9780262526784
OCLC/WorldCat
878501875

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