Ethics in Medicine: Virtue, Vice and Medicine
February 2006, Polity
These new foundations rest on familiar observations of human nature and human needs. Jackson presents morality as a loose anatomy of constituent virtues that are related in different ways to how we fare in life, and suggests that in order to address problems in medical ethics, a virtues-based approach is needed. Throughout, attention is paid to the role of philosophy in medical ethics, and how it can be used to clarify key notions and distinctions that underlie current debates and controversial issues. By reinstating such concepts as justice, cardinal virtue, and moral duty, Jackson lays the groundwork for an ethics of health care that makes headway toward resolving seeming dilemmas in medical ethics today.
This penetrating and accessible book will be invaluable to students of sociology and health care, as well as those who are interested in the ethical uncertainties faced by the medical world.
- Chapter One: Virtues and Vices
- Chapter Two: Justice – A Problematic Virtue?
- Chapter Three: Benevolence – A Problematic Virtue?
- Chapter Four: Benevolence – The Only Virtue?
- Chapter Five: The Dictates of Conscience
- Chapter Six: The Duty to Obtain Consent
- Chapter Seven: ‘First, Do No Harm'
- Chapter Eight: Duties to Give, and Rights to Get, Health Care
- Chapter Nine: Distributive Justice in Health Care
- Chapter Ten: Abortion
- Chapter Eleven: Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
- Chapter Twelve: Killing and Letting Die
- Chapter Thirteen: Patients’ Deaths and Doctors’ Decisions
- Chapter Fourteen: Moral Issues in Reproductive Medicine
- Chapter Fifteen: In Retrospect
- Clearly written, unpretentious account
- Makes classical ethical debates relevant to contemporary health care, and understandable to today’s students
- Uses plenty of interesting practical examples to illustrate key debates, helping to make the book seem particularly accessible.
- Author’s ethical standpoint is explicit – other books often claim to be neutral even though they implicit forward a particular approach
- Readily accessible to advanced health care students, as well as philosophy undergraduates.
"Jennifer Jackson has produced an excellent book ... one that should engage the interest of anyone prepared to make a little effort. It is a lively and refreshing work, full of argument and comprising a good mixture of scholarly caution and forthright commitment ... Readers will find thought-provoking material throughout ... Everywhere Jackson shows a great talent for taking us quickly and without jargon or pedantry into deep philosophical questions, and I warmly recommend her work."
Journal of Medical Ethics