Is There a Duty to die?

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert F. Almeder

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Margaret P. Battin
    Pages 1-21
  3. Jan Narveson
    Pages 23-40
  4. Marilyn Bennett
    Pages 41-59
  5. Robert E. Ehman
    Pages 61-77
  6. Michael Almeida
    Pages 79-94
  7. J. Angelo Corlett
    Pages 115-131
  8. Rosemarie Tong
    Pages 133-157
  9. David Drebushenko
    Pages 159-176
  10. Susan Leigh Anderson
    Pages 177-189
  11. Judith Lee Kissell
    Pages 191-203
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 217-221

About this book


Although a legal and moral right to privacy is generally recognized in society, there is no agreement regarding how these rights should apply to medical information. In Privacy and Health Care, leading ethical, medical, legal, and philosophical thinkers debate the conflicting moral and legal demands for maintaining the privacy of health care records in an age of easy computer access to those records and growing pressure by insurance companies, public health agencies, and employers for personal health care data. The essays by Boleyn-Fitzgerald, Margo Goldman, and Bill Allen & Ray Moseley favor restrictions being placed upon access to medical information, whereas the chapters by David Korn and Mark Meany argue for the opposing view. An introductory article by Charity Scott delineates the principal legal and ethical issues on the general topic of medical privacy.
Interdisciplinary and enlightening, Privacy and Health Care presents the latest moral and legal thinking for and against greater protection of the privacy of health care information, and advances this important issue to a new level of clarity and decision.


Biomedical ethics Medical Ethics Utilitarianism ethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert F. Almeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2000
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-61737-187-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-000-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0742-1796
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