Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics, Second Edition, integrates theology, methodology, and practical application into a detailed and practical examination of the bioethical issues that confront students, scholars, and practitioners. Noted bioethicists Gerard Magill, Henk ten Have, and David F. Kelly contribute diverse backgrounds and experience that inform the richness of new material covered in this second edition. The book is organized into three sections: theology (basic issues underlying Catholic thought), methodology (how Catholic theology approaches moral issues, including birth control), and applications to current issues. New chapters discuss controversial end-of-life issues such as forgoing treatment, killing versus allowing patients to die, ways to handle decisions for incompetent patients, advance directives, and physician-assisted suicide. Unlike anthologies, the coherent text offers a consistent method in order to provide students, scholars, and practitioners with an understanding of ethical dilemmas as well as concrete examples to assist in the difficult decisions they must make on an everyday basis.
David F. Kelly is professor emeritus, Duquesne University. Gerard Magill is Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy, and Law, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University. Henk ten Have is the director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University.
Introduction Part I: Theological Basis1. Religion and Health Care2. The Dignity of Human Life3. The Integrity of the Human Person4. The Implications for Health Care5. Theological Principles in Health Care Ethics Part II: Method6. The Levels and Questions of Ethics7. Freedom and the Moral Agent8. Right and Wrong9. Metaethics10. Method in Catholic Medical Ethics11. Catholic Method and Birth Control12. The Principle of Double Effect PART III. Application13. Forgoing Treatment, Pillar One: Ordinary and Extraordinary Means14. Forgoing Treatment, Pillar Two: Killing and Allowing to Die15. Forgoing Treatment, Pillar Three: Decisions by Competent Patients16. Forgoing Treatment, Pillar Three: Decisions for Incompetent Patients17. Forgoing Treatment, Pillar Three: Advance Directives18. Hydration and Nutrition19. Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia20. Medical Futility21. Pain and Pain Management22. Ethics Committees23. Research Ethics24. Organizational Ethics25. Embryonic Stem Cells and the Beginning of Personhood26. Genetic Engineering: Ethics and Anthropology27. Specific Issues in Genetics28. Allocating Health Care Resources29. The Use and Misuse of the Allocation Argument30. Global Bioethics Glossary Cases Cited References Index