PLS 200-05

*** EXAM RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 4th WED, SO THERE WILL BE NO CLASS JUNE 6th FRI ***

Biomedical issues

  • reproductive technologies
  • life maintenance technologies
  • Ethics: the part of philosophy that deals with good & bad: morality, societal values

  • sets a code of behavior, professional occupations, etc
  • applies only to these organizations or professions
  • Law: what is legal in terms of the legal code, what is lawful or permissible in society

  • applies to all members of society

Ethical Theories (medical)

  1. what is the consequence?
  2. what is the obligation?
  3. what are the patient’s rights?
  4. what does intuition tell us to do?

How to apply these issues to treatment and care of human beings?

  1. What does it mean to be human?
    • self-consciousness
  2. autonomy
    • self direction
    • self control
    • make choices
  3. informed consent
    • rights of patient
    • nature of condition
    • consequences of treatment
  4. Moral rights
    • subject (individual)
    • legal code
  5. Malfeasance
    • wrongdoing

ersatz families: temporary?
“Traditional” families?

Informed Consent:

  • how is it done?
  • risks?
  • consequences
  • alternatives?
  • what does the law require?
  • Life?

  • how to define?
  • how to allocate treatment?
    • need
    • money
    • availability
    • age
    • quality of post-procedural care
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