Is the advancement of scientific knowledge and the development of biomedical technologies - known as the `New Medicine' - desirable? George P. Smith asks this fundamental question while also confronting the distribution of these scarce medical resources. Law, economics, medical science, philosophy and ethics all coalesce in this discussion of how to structure normative standards of conduct that will improve the quality of human life.
The author begins by examining various economic constructs as aids for achieving a fair and equitable delivery of health care services. He then assesses their level of practical application and evaluates the costs and benefits to society of pursuing the development and use of the `New Medicine'. The book ends with a case study of organ and tissue transplantation that illustrates the implementation of distributive justice. The author concludes that as long as clinical medicine maintains its focus on healing and alleviating suffering among patients, a point of equilibrium will be reached that advances the common good.
This timely and compelling exploration will be a must-read for scholars, researchers, policymakers and all those interested in advances in medical technology and the issues surrounding access to health care.
George P. Smith II, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America Law School, US
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Normative Standards and Health Care Resource Management 3. The New Medicine and Scientific Research 4. Human Experimentation: Conflicts and Confluences 5. Organ and Tissue Transplantation: A Case Study in Distributive Justice Index