These original essays by medical sociologists, anthropologists and bioethicists examine the difficult ethical decisions involved in surgery, treatment, and life support.
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Barry Hoffmaster is professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. From 1991 to 1996 he was the Director of the Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values in London, Ontario, and he served as President of the Canadian Bioethics Society in 1994-94. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center.
Introduction --Barry Hoffmaster 1. Clinical Narratives and Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatrics --Sharon R. Kaufman 2. Situated Ethics, Culture, and the Brain Death "Problem" in Japan --Margaret Lock 3. Constructing Moral Boundaries: Public Discourse on Human Experimentation in Twentieth Century America --Sydney A. Halpern 4. Media Images, Genetics, and Culture: Potential Impacts of Reporting Scientific Findings on Bioethics --Peter Conrad 5. Emotions in Medical and Moral Life --Renee R. Anspach and Diane Beeson 6. A Contextual Approach to Clinical Ethics Consultation --Patricia A. Marshall 7. Family Values and Resistance to Genetic Testing --Diane Beeson and Teresa Doksum 8. Ethics Committees and Social Change: Plus Va change...? --Cate McBurney 9. Irony, Ethnography, and Informed Consent --Charles L. Bosk Afterword --Barry Hoffmaster
"Bioethics in Social Context energizes both bioethics and ethnography. The authors expand the scope of what issues bioethics should consider, and they demonstrate how culture, mass media, emotions, families, and institutions are relevant in consideration of those issues. In doing all this, they open new possibilities for the empirical investigation of moral life." - Arthur W. Frank, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, and author of The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics and At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness
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