Clinical & Medical Ethics

勿傷害?

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116

Do No Harm?

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ne Christian-Hippocratic position pertaining to the essentials of ethical medical practice has been unequivocal. There should be total separation between “black and white” medicine as described through the pregnant admonition: “do no harm.” Originally, the “black” side of medicine could be summarized neatly by two activities proscribed within the body of the Hippocratic Oath itself, abortion and euthanasia (or assisted suicide). Unfortunately, as distance between the precepts of the Oath and the realities of contemporary practice diverged, the list of prohibitions arguably qualifying as harm have increased.

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116

Technology and Technique: Master or Servant? Reflections on Reading Ellul, Huxley, and Lewis

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Editor's Note: Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2008 Annual Conference, Healthcare and the Common Good.

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115

Getting Below the Surface: The Ethics of Religious/Spiritual Interaction in the Clinical Encounter (Part 2)

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The second and final part of a lecture given by Farr Curlin, MD for a Trinity Graduate School colloquium in February 2008.

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112

Getting Below the Surface: The Ethics of Religious/Spiritual Interaction in the Clinical Encounter (Part 1)

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The first part of a lecture given by Farr Curlin, MD for a Trinity Graduate School colloquium in February 2008.

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111

懷孕婦女的權利與責任

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106

The Rights and Responsibilities of Pregnant Women

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Is it ethically permissible for a woman to forego potentially life-saving treatment for her unborn child?

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106

Introductory Explorations in the Ethics of Neonatal Futility

How should the expectant couple react when they learn that their pregnancy will quickly end with the birth of an extremely premature infant? These fragile infants—at the margins of viability—demand the extremes of life-sustaining care and typically remain in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) for months. After such a prolonged length of time, all involved—infant, family, and doctor—experience the gamut of emotions. In a world filled with technological prowess and promise, what are parents to expect during the process? Should they be mad at God, or at themselves, or the medical system? How should the parents’ spiritual faith interface with any current hope and future uncertainty?

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100

Where Is the Public Outcry? Infants also Have Human Dignity When They Are Dying and Donating Organs!

The story goes back to 1993. During the early era of transplantation, “death” for the purpose of organ donation had been defined as irreversible cessation of all brain function (that is brain death, both “higher” and “lower” centers) as a result of a seminal report by the ad hoc Committee of Harvard Medical School.[1] The transplant community and society then asked a question: Since the traditional definition of death for everyone else had always been irreversible cessation of heart function, might that definition be ethically applied to donors too?

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99

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