Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics
By (author) David F. Kelly
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Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics by David F. Kelly
Book DescriptionAs David Kelly writes, "Catholic moral theology has not been completely constant over the centuries; it has learned and developed". "In Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics" he demonstrates how Catholic health care ethics can - and should - evolve similarly in response to the lightning speed of modern medical advances. Kelly draws on and analyzes the Catholic tradition of medical ethics - but he does not shy away from criticizing it as well, giving health care professionals, hospital ethics committees, and students a fresh treatment of Catholic health care ethics emphasizing theology, methodology, and application. First discussing the Catholic understanding of the human person, Kelly proposes a Catholic Christian approach to the meaning of human life as it applies specifically to health care. He includes a brief history of the relationship between religion and medicine, and makes strong claims about how theology ought and ought not to be applied in health care ethics. Drawing from the terminology and approaches used by secular bioethics, he suggests how a Catholic perspective on health care can utilize certain secular moral-philosophical positions, even as they apply to the issues of birth control, and end-of life concerns. As practitioners, patients, and families face the difficult decision to continue or stop treatment for dying patients, Kelly compassionately, but practically, explores their concerns in light of American law and ethics. Finally, he provides measured insight on pain management, hospital ethics committees, stem cell research, genetic engineering, and allocation of health care resources. "Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics" is informed, challenging, articulate, and bold - bringing to the extremely important field of Catholic health care ethics a much-needed and welcome voice, unafraid to speak to the most difficult issues of the 21st century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781589010307
(254mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 29-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David F. Kelly
Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics, Paperback (March 2013)
This is a comprehensive textbook in Catholic medical ethics that integrates theology and methodology into a detailed examination of bioethical issues of interest to scholars, practitioners, and students.
Medical Care at the End of Life, Paperback (August 2006)» View all books by David F. Kelly
Outlines eight issues regarding end-of-life care as seen through the lens of the Catholic medical ethics tradition. This title looks at the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary means; the difference between killing and allowing to die; criteria of patient competence; what to do in the case of incompetent patients; and, more.
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Author Biography - David F. Kelly
David F. Kelly is the Vernon F. Gallagher Professor of Theology and Health Care Ethics and director of the Health Care Ethics Center at Duquesne University. He has studied in Louvain, Belgium, and in Toronto and has garnered much practical experience from his work at St. Francis and Mercy Hospitals in Pittsburgh.
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