Ethics of Health Care: A Guide for Clinical Practice, 3rd Edition

  • Raymond S. Edge Dean, School of Health Professions (Retired), Maryville University – Saint Louis
  • J. Randall Groves Ferris State University
  • ISBN-10: 1401861830  |  ISBN-13: 9781401861834
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1999, 1994
  • © 2006 | Published
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Ethics of Health Care: A Guide for Clinical Practice, 3E is designed to guide health care students and practitioners through a wide variety of areas involving ethical controversies. It provides a background in value development and ethical theories, including numerous real-life examples to stimulate discussion and thought.

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Features and Benefits

  • The product is ethics specific allowing a broader study of the possible dilemmas facing the health care worker.
  • Includes case studies, group projects and internet projects that are designed to further enhance the student�s study of ethics.
  • Review questions included that stimulate critical thinking.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Human Value Development
Chapter 2: Decision Making in Value Issues
Chapter 3: Basic Principles of Health Care Ethics
Chapter 4: The Nature of Rights in Ethical Discourse
Chapter 5: Confidentiality and the Management of Health Care Information
Chapter 6: Professional Gatekeeping as a Function of Role Fidelity
Chapter 7: Autonomy vs. Paternalism: A Contest Between Virtues
Chapter 8: Justics and the Allocation of Scarce Resources
Chapter 9: Withholding and Withdrawing Life Support
Chapter 10: Euthanasia: Practice and Principles
Chapter 11: Reproductive Issues
Chapter 12: AIDS and Health Care Practice
Chapter 13: Ethical Issues and Genetic Science
Chapter 14: Transcultural Health

What's New

  • Section on Transcultural Health that outlines and discusses how the doctrines of different faiths effect the compliance and behavior of patients
  • Expanded Family Planning chapter to include artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, and surrogacy
  • HIPAA information has been added throughout


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Raymond S. Edge

Professor Raymond S. Edge, EdD, RRT is the author of several textbooks on health care ethics and law. During an academic career extending over three decades, he served as a dean and full professor at several major universities where in addition to teaching and administrative duties, he established faculty and student educational exchange programs with the People's Republic of China and traveled and lectured extensively in that nation. Since retiring from university teaching and administration, he has pursued his passion for regional history and culture, completing a three-book archeological fiction series based on actual Mississippi River sites and artifacts. His 2015 S: MEMOIR OF AN ICONIC GENTLEMAN recently won a silver book award in the category of best seasonal book.

J. Randall Groves

Professor J. Randall Groves, PhD is a professor of humanities at Ferris State University. He teaches a variety of courses including Ethics, Intro to Humanities, Eastern Religion, Western Religion, Comparative Civilization, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy, Chinese Religion and Philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism, Film and Popular Culture. His special interests are the Philosophy of World Cultural History and Comparative Civilizations. He also plays jazz guitar. His publications include AN INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE ETHICS, Comparative Philosophy Mind, Religion and War, India in Western Philosophy of History. Dr. Groves earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and M.A. in history from UC San Diego.