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Bioethics and Disability
Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics

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Part of Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521110303

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  • Bioethics and Disability provides tools for understanding the concerns, fears, and biases that have convinced some people with disabilities that the health care setting is a dangerous place and some bioethicists that disability activists have nothing to offer bioethics. It wrestles with the charge that bioethics as a discipline devalues the lives of persons with disabilities, arguing that reconciling the competing concerns of the disability community and the autonomy-based approach of mainstream bioethics is not only possible, but essential for a bioethics committed to facilitating good medical decision making and promoting respect for all persons, regardless of ability. Through in-depth case studies involving newborns, children, and adults with disabilities, Bioethics and Disability proposes a new model for medical decision making that is both sensitive to and sensible about the fact of disability in medical cases. Disability-conscious bioethics will bring together disability experts and bioethicists to identify and mitigate disability bias in our health care systems.

    • A one-stop shop for anyone interested in bioethics, disabilities studies and law, drawing on and synthesizing all three fields
    • The case study format is easily accessible and engaging, and the book is meticulously researched and documented, making it a valuable resource for research
    • The substance works on many levels, making the book appropriate for both novices and experts in healthcare, bioethics and disability studies
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    "… impressive … a worthwhile contribution to the field of bioethics and, hopefully, a model for people who are so struck by these thorny issues that they are likely to take up the challenge to be disability-conscious."
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521110303
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The struggle: disability rights versus bioethics
    2. Clashing perspectives and a call for reconciliation
    3. Infancy
    4. Childhood
    5. The reproductive years
    6. Adulthood
    7. The end of life
    8. Toward a disability-conscious bioethics.

  • Author

    Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School

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