Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 1-3
  3. Making Decisions: Whose Choice?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 7-10
    3. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 11-13
    4. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 14-16
    5. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 17-20
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 21-23
  4. Telling the Truth: What Should I Say?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 27-29
    3. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 30-32
    4. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 33-35
    5. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 36-39
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 40-41
  5. Deciding Not to Treat: What Are the Limits?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 45-50
    3. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 51-54
    4. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 55-58
    5. Edwin N. Forman, Rosalind Ekman Ladd
      Pages 59-62
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 63-65

About this book

Introduction

This book is addressed to all professionals concerned with the health care of children. It is, first and foremost, a teaching tool. It can be used for class discussion or case conferences with medical students or residents, nurses, and other staff in pediatrics or family medicine. It can also be used for self-teaching or continuing education by those already in practice. No one who reads this book is a beginner at moral reasoning. However, many may well be beginners at discussions that focus sharply on the ethical issues in medicine and introduce philosophical analysis. The goal is to clarify, conceptualize, and guide reasoning in order to come to conclusions that can be defended with good reasons. Case studies provide the most successful method of teaching medical ethics, posing the issues as they arise in real-life situations. The cases in this book are brief and rather skeletal in nature. This is partly to deflect the natural curiosity of those who are driven to seek more and more medical details, hoping thus to resolve the ethical issues or avoid them entirely. It also allows the reader to concentrate on one ethical issue at a time. In real life, of course, the hard questions arise often several at a time, embedded in a rich and complex medical and psychosocial background. As one must learn to walk before one can run, so it is wise to practice on cases where the key issue is highlighted.

Keywords

Kinderheilkunde care ethics family medicine medicine newborn pediatric medicine pediatrics quality of life therapy Ärztliche Ethik

Authors and affiliations

  • Edwin N. Forman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rosalind Ekman Ladd
    • 4
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Hematology/OncologyRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Pediatric Residency EducationRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA
  4. 4.Wheaton CollegeNortonUSA
  5. 5.Rhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-9104-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-9106-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9104-3
  • About this book