Alma Web Team

741 PBH

This course is an examination of a series of ethical issues arising from the practice of medicine and the organization of our health care system. One set of issues?pertains to the doctor-patient relationship,?including?how to handle potential conflicts between promoting patients' best medical interests and respecting their autonomy.?Broader social issues arise over the moral limits of medicine?for purposes that differ from the traditional goal of healing, such as cosmetic surgery, cosmetic psychopharmacology, and enhancement genetic engineering.?The most fundamental question of justice arises over which health care system we should adopt.?Is health care a fundamental right?that the government should guarantee, or should we regard it as a consumer item that is best left to the free market???All of?these questions will be addressed using a framework of general?ethical?theories?and of moral concepts that are particular to medical ethics.