The Hippocratic Oath
The Hippocratic Oath--Modern
AMA Principles of Medical Ethics
Fundamental Elements of the Patient-Physician Relationship (AMA)
Patient Responsibilities (AMA statement)
A Patient's Bill of Rights (American Hospital Association)
The Ten Commandments by my
Daughter Clare, for your personal edification.
How to Recognize Ethical Issues (Template for analyzing case studies)
Pitfalls in ethical reasoning
Entrance Poll Results
Notes to the wise: How Philosophers think
A. Ethics Generally
The Nature of Ethics
Background to Ethics
Value of Studying Ethics
Is Studying Ethics Ethical?
B. Ethical theory
What is an Ethical Theory?
Common agreements among all ethical theories
Differences between two main ethical theories
Criticisms of each type of ethical theory
Resolution of St. Thomas Aquinas to the above "dispute"
Problems with Rule-Based Ethics
C. Basic Features of Morality
Moral Determinants of Action
Virtues and Vices
Lists of Virtues; Aquinas' list of virtues; Aristotle's Virtues (handout in class)
Moral (Natural) Law
Practical Principles of Natural Law.
Moral Principles of Natural Law
Some Objections to Ethics Answered
Ethical Reasoning Guidelines
D. Ethical Reasoning
What makes an ethical argument good or bad?
A. The Language of Health Care Ethics (3)
B. Medical Values developed throughout history
C. Making Health-Care Decisions (4&5)
Moral Considerations applying to the patient
Moral Considerations applying to the physician/health care providers: Respect for autonomy
Making Health Care Decisions
Deciding For Others
Principles governing Health Care Decision-Making
Ethical Principles about Decision-Making Capacity
Other Principles relevant to Health Care Decision-Making
Can we know when human life begins?
Jerome Lejeune's Testimony before the Judiciary Committee, 1981
Is a human being always a person?
Peter Kreeft's article on Abortion (seven objections to personhood of fetus presented and answered)
When does human life end?
August 2000 Address of Pope John Paull II on Cloning (discusses brain death)
Nagging Doubts about Brain-Death (1995 article in Catholic Medical Quarterly)
Some Principles for End-of-Life Decision-Making
Doctrine of Double Effect
Ventilators, Dialysis, and Surgery: Notes and Conclusions from the cases considered (7)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (8)
Medical Nutrition and Hydration (9)
March 2004 Address of Pope John Paul II on Medical Nutrition and Hydration
Assisting and Inhibiting Pregnancy (10)
Prenatal Life (11)
NeoNatal Life (12)
Assisted Suicide: The Philosophers' Brief (New York Times Book Review article, 1997)
H. Medical Research (14)
I. Organ Transplantation (15)