Research Papers on Medical Ethics

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  • Artificial Insemination Dilemmas

    A 16 page paper focusing on whether the child resulting from artificial insemination could sue for child support in the future. Artificial insemination is not a new concept. It has been used for years for couples who have not been able to conceive on their own; more recently single women are seeking motherhood through this route. Couples still represent 60 percent of sperm banks’ customers, but this statistic also reveals that 40 percent of their customers are single women. Purchasers of sperm sign contracts waiving any right to seek financial support in the future, but there is strong growth in artificial insemination that does not use the services of a sperm bank and is not protected from that claim. Further, laws are exercised according to interpretation at the time. If social values shift over time, then the contracts signed today could be ruled as being worthless in the future. It is not likely today that a donor will be held to be responsible for a child financially, but that could change in the future. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Includes a 1-page research proposal.

  • Medical Ethics (Case Study Analysis)

    This 5 page paper revolves around a case study where an injured baby is brought to the emergency room with two broken femurs. The physician does not see any reason to pursue the matter even though the mother has no explanation for the injuries. Ethical theories are applied. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • THERAC 25- A CASE STUDY

    This 7-page paper examines the ethics and stakeholders behind Therac-25, a device used to treat cancer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Considerin a Medicare Fraud Case

    This 4 page paper uses a case study submitted by a student as a springboard for discussion. The case involves a doctor who over treats patients in order to profit. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Health Care and Issues of Ethics

    A 20 page research paper that examines 3 issues in health care: 1) the balance between the government's need to protect public health versus individual rights in regards to the resurgence of TB; 2) a case study, in which a dying man's wife requests termination of life-sustaining intervention and pain control; and 3) examination of court cases in which the state's need are weighed against individual rights. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • The Law and Doctor-Patient Sexual Contact in California

    6 pages in length. Pete and Suzie, married for ten years, have recently experience several episodes of martial discord; as such, they both agreed to seek marital counseling in an effort to overcome their difficulties. They sought the professional services of one Dr. Sleeze, a well known marriage counselor/psychiatrist employed by the Clinic For The Sexually Dysfunctional Female. During the course of the counseling, Pete discovered his wife Suzie and Dr. Sleeze had been regularly engaging in sexual relations during the therapy sessions, a realization that caused him severe mental distress. Pete sues Dr. Sleeze and the Clinic for malpractice and negligent infliction of mental distress and suffering; however, the doctor counters the lawsuit and makes a motion to dismiss it on the grounds that California Civil Code §43.5 specifically prohibits all such lawsuits. Pete counters back under the protection of California's crime of sexual exploitation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Physician Reported Syphilis and Ethics

    5 pages in length. The moral obligation Jeff's doctor is compelled to uphold falls under support of deontological ethics, a theory that espouses one's moral duty in any given situation. As a physician, he is torn between his purported duty to warn and the obligation to protect doctor/patient confidentiality; however, the moment Jeff's actions caused other people to become unwitting victims of his indiscretion, the deontological obligation overruled any professional accountability the doctor may have had. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Medical Issues in Euthanasia

    This 3 page paper discusses how the rule of “do no harm” applies in cases where a patient asks the doctor to help them die. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Human Experimentation during the Nazi Era

    An 8 page research paper that describes the experiments that were conducted by German doctors and SS physicians during the 1930s and World War II. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Problems with Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly

    In five pages, the author indentifies the kinds of abuse and neglect the elderly tend to experience, how abuse cases are handled by doctors and the law, and what can be done to avoid these problems. Five references are included.

  • An Individual's Explanation on Why He Wants to Become a Doctor

    A 6 page account of why one individual wants to become a physician. This paper relates the personal experiences of a student that stayed at his mother's bedside during a six month hospitalization. The lack of empathy and professionalism that he witnessed in the doctors that attended his mother and other patients convinced him that he could do better. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • ADHD: Legitimate Medical Diagnosis or Socially Constructed Disorder? - Ethical Concerns

    A 24 page discussion of the bioethics surrounding the controversial diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This paper explores the question of whether this condition has been created by overzealous parents, teachers, doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese

    A 5 page review of My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese. No additional sources cited.

  • Gene Therapy and Shaywitz and Ausiello's Back To The Future

    Shaywitz and Ausiello, in their article, Back To The Future, Medicine and Our Genes, argue that the emerging gene sciences will reunite the patient, doctor and researcher in ways not seen since the 19th and early 20th centuries. This 5 page paper proposes that, in exploring the issues concerned with gene therapy, it seems as though the judgment of Shaywitz and Ausiello is well within the ethical bounds of religious and medical tenets. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Case Study on an Ethical Dilemma in the Workplace

    A 4 page paper discussing the case of Sarah, half-way through a pregnancy when developing a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. One doctor recommended immediate abortion; another favored a wait-and-see approach claiming that the Catholic hospital did not allow abortions for any reason. Guidelines for operation of Catholic hospitals do allow measures that will save the life of the mother, however. The paper examines the ethical questions raised by Sarah's case. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Doctor - Patient Confidentiality

    A 5 page overview of provider-patient confidentiality. This paper reviews a specific case of confidentiality being breached and the court ruling in the subsequent lawsuit. The importance of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is emphasized. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story"

    This 5 page paper discusses the book "My Own Country" by Abraham Verghese, who worked with AIDS patients in rural Tennessee in the 1980s. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • DNR Orders Ethical Dilemma

    7 pages in length. A terminally ill patient scheduled to have palliative surgery is refused by her doctor unless she reverses the Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order she put in place to address her incurable disease. The reason why her physician required his patient to change her DNR to full code while in the operating room is unclear; perhaps he did not want to have the responsibility of her potential death looming over his head without a way in which to medically address the situation. Maybe he was not fully aware of the extent to which her terminal illness necessitated such a drastic order as the DNR. Regardless of his inability or downright refusal to accept the patient's wishes, he was committing a rather serious breach of ethics where his medical practitioner's behavior is concerned. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Ethical Issues Involved With Assisted Suicide

    This 5 page report discusses various ethical issues associated with assisted suicide. The debate has generally centered around both the moral and legal issues of the process. The central argument for assisted suicide is based on respect for the patients' autonomy. The main argument against assisted suicide is the belief in the inherent sacredness of life and that God only has the right to end one's life. The ethical questions surrounding the care of terminally ill patients often focus on when treatment should be withheld or withdrawn. A case study regarding a paralyzed but mentally competent adult, African-American man and a severely disabled newborn is also considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Suicide and Patients with AIDS and HIV

    This 18 page report discusses the many issues associated with suicide and people with HIV/AIDS. The disease has raised numerous issues such as access to care, prevention, cost of treatment, drug therapy and much more. Not surprisingly, it has also intensified the debate regarding right to die, physician assisted suicide, and the moral issues associated with suicide. As people are forced to live with a disease that slowly but surely robs them of all strength and any measure of personal dignity, many have made the decision not to endure that process or cause their loved ones to have to experience it with them. The impact of the loss of personal autonomy, the emotional and physical suffering, and the related care issues are presented in terms of both AIDS patients and their caregivers. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Assisted Suicide Arguments Both For and Against

    This 5 page paper plus 1 page outline looks at the arguments for and against assisted suicide. The thesis of the paper is that that, whilst it is important to have as many safeguards as possible to ensure that assisted suicide is used correctly, the availability of assisted suicide in controlled condition may be seen as adding value to human life rather than devaluing life. In this way it may reduce suffering and increase the value that is placed on the quality as well as quantity of human life. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Argument to Legalize Physician Assisted Suicide

    A 3 page paper which argues that physician assisted suicide should be legal. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Assisted Suicide and the Nursing Profession

    A 4 page paper which provides a detailed explanation of the issue, discusses why this topic in particular was chosen, relates how the issue affects the nursing profession and considers the issue’s societal/community impact. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Examining Suicide from a Fresh Perspective

    This 7 page paper takes a look at the ethics of suicide and whether or not the public has a moral responsibility to stop it. Individual rights are held high in this thoughtful look at a controversial topic. The ideas of Hume and Szasz are included. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Physician Assisted Suicide (A Literature Review)

    This 12 page paper examines the issue of euthanasia from various perspectives. The paper supports the idea that morality is key to drawing conclusions on this issue. An annotated bibliography is included as part of this paper. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act and Physician Assisted Suicide

    In six pages this paper examines the history, passage, and specifics of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, the controversial physician-assisted suicide issue and what states’ positions are on it, and the contributions of Michigan Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Case for Physician Assisted Suicide

    This 3 page paper examines euthanasia and argues in favor of it. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Physician Assisted Suicide: Pros & Cons

    10 pages in length. There are enough controversial topics in America today to keep a room full of thoughtful, expressive and passionate people in heated debate for days on end, however, none may be as volatile an issue as physician assisted suicide. When this subject is broached, the proverbial gloves come off and a vicious verbal debate ensues that has yet to name a victor. The emotional, ethical, religious and legal standing of human euthanasia is not something to which there is an easy answer - or any answer at all - as long as two sides exact their own philosophies on how this sensitive subject should be handled. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Case for Legal Assisted Suicide

    This 6 page paper examines euthanasia. Arguments on both side of the issue are presented. The paper concludes that assisted suicide should be legal. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Research on the Ethics of Assisted Suicide

    This 27 page document includes a 25 page paper, an abstract, outline and annotated bibliography with 19 sources on the topic of physician assisted suicide. The paper assesses the ethical issues in relation to the role of medical professionals.

  • Ethical Theories and Dr. Death

    This 4 page paper argues that the ethical theory of altruism is the best way to explain the suicides presided over by Dr. Kevorkian. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Against Euthanasia

    This 7 page paper discusses reasons for opposition to physician assisted suicide or other legalized forms of euthanasia. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • The Reasons Why Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal

    This 3 page paper examines the controversy. While both sides are discussed, the paper takes a pro stance on the issue of legalization. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Cultural Variatioins on Death and Dying

    An 8 page discussion of the variation that exists among cultures in regard to the way theology affects the way death and dying are approached by the individual and the family. This paper explores Christian and Muslim theology and how it determines such things as receptivity to physician assisted suicide and family vigilance. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Debate on Euthanasia Legalization

    A 37 page paper that discusses legalizing euthanasia. This is a heated debate that has raged for at least two decades. The writer provides a general introduction to the topic of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, definitions of the different categories of euthanasia, claims of opponents and supporters of legalizing euthanasia, activities within the U.S., including Oregon's Death With Dignity law and the effects of the law, activities outside the U.S., including the experiences in the Netherlands, different aspects of the argument, such as he ethical and sociological aspects of the question, and a summary and conclusion. The writer argues in favor of legalizing euthanasia. Data are included. Includes Table of Contents. Bibliography lists 22 sources.

  • Euthanasia

    A 9 page research paper that examines the ethical issues associated with the issue of euthanasia, which are frequently addressed in contemporary society due to the fact that modern medical innovation has made it possible to prolong life in situations where, in previous eras, death would have been swift and inevitable. As this suggests, euthanasia debates are often associated with the discussions of the legality and morality of physician-assisted suicide. The following discussion of the ethics of euthanasia will consider both sides of this debate, pro and con, as well as how this issue can be regarded from various ethical perspectives, with a particular emphasis on Australian experience and law. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Law and Genetic Testing

    A 15 page research paper that examines the law concerning genetic testing and whether or not health insurers can use test results that show that an individual has a genetic tendency towards a disease as grounds for canceling or not providing coverage. The writer particularly focuses on the comprehensive law enacted by the state of New Jersey. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Informed Consent and British Medical Law

    A 5 page research paper that examines the issue of informed consent in British medical law. The writer defines consent and then explores British law in regards to a scenario in which a patient suffering from a drug overdose is admitted to a hospital ED and refuses treatment. The writer discusses the ethical dilemma that this presents for the nurse trying to obtain consent and the writer argues that the nurse can treat the patient, under these circumstances, because the intoxicated state of the patient precludes the ability to make informed consent. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Netherlands and the Law's Role in the Development of Social Attitudes Regarding Euthanasia and Gay Rights

    This is a 9 page paper discussing how the homosexual right laws and euthanasia laws in The Netherlands reflect society’s attitudes. Two basic perspectives are considered in regards to the role of the law in society. One is that the role of the law is to reflect society’s attitudes and throughout the process of social change through history, so too will the law reflect these changes. On the other hand, some governments or countries believe that the role of the law is to force or control social change. In the latter case, the law may or may not change through the process of social change. In today’s society, laws generally reflect society’s attitudes and social change as can be seen in the constantly changing, amending, updating and reversal of many of the laws which used to be enforced. These transitions in the law as a reflection of social change can be seen in some of the recent changes in laws pertaining to homosexual partnerships and euthanasia in The Netherlands. Changes in the law reflect societal attitudes to the extent where countries which have changed their laws to suit society’s changing attitudes are seen as more open and accepting of societal changes than those which do not. There are also some countries in which the law remains a controlling force for social change as seen in the one child policy in China. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Pain Management Choices and Patients Rights

    This 5 page paper addresses issues surrounding pain management. Should a patient be allowed to die if medical science cannot properly manage his or her pain? The Dax Cowart case is referenced in the discussion. Other issues are addressed such as addiction to opiates and just how much influence a patient should have in his or her own medical care. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nurse's Views on Euthanasia

    An 8 page discussion of the ethics of euthanasia as it impacts the nursing profession. This paper contends that in some situations euthanasia could be considered morally and ethically right. At the same time, however, the author cautions that the appropriateness of euthanasia must be considered on a case by case basis. Bibliography lists sources.

  • Shortcomings and Suggestions for Improvement in the ANA Code of Ethics

    This 5 page paper reviews the ANA Code of Ethics one by one and offers comments. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Anesthesiologistsm and Drug Abuse

    A 16 page overview of substance abuse among medical professionals that work in anesthesiology departments. The author provides statistics that illuminate the problem and then suggests measures which should alleviate the problem. Included a one-page letter to a Senator urging him to implement mandatory drug testing for this profession. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Two Articles on Ethics in Nursing Reviewed

    This 3 page paper includes two article reviews in nursing ethics. One article examines a survey on ethical issues in nursing while the other focuses on the idea that nurses often engage in rule bending behavior. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Confidentiality Issues and Nursing Ethics

    A 6 page paper discussing an ethical dilemma faced by nurses in an emergency department. A man has made another appearance there because he failed to take his anticonvulsive medication and had a seizure at a movie theatre. The ethical dilemma is that the nurses know that the man drives regularly and that he experiences seizures with some regularity. The paper uses the principles of utilitarianism (Kant, Mill and Rawls) and nurses’ code of ethics regarding self-determination and confidentiality to conclude that the nurses must maintain confidentiality. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing's Philosophical Issues

    This 9 page paper delves into ethical issues in medical science. Several aspects of nursing care are discussed inclusive of the DNR order and medication errors. Several ideologies are included and discussed as they relate to the field of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing and Ethical Values

    A 5 page paper discussing whether it is possible to teach ethics and ethical values in nursing. The answer is a resounding yes, of course. In support of that position, the paper discusses the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls. While Kant and Mill (the categorical imperative and “the greater good”) provide a sound basis, the philosophy of Rawls is seen as being most directly applicable to teaching ethics in nursing. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Stem Cell Research and Nursing

    A 4 page overview of the many considerations entailed by stem cell research. The author contends that nurses are caught up in the issues of stem cell research not only as spectators but also as intermediaries between the world of scientific research and the general public. Nurses have the ethical responsibility to not only understand the ethical and scientific consequences of such research but also to be able to interpret these consequences to their patients. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Ethics and Legalities of Health Care

    A 12 page paper discussing a case in which an emergency room nurse turned away a patient delivered by ambulance. The receiving hospital is a private, for-profit organization, and the patient had no job, no funds and no insurance. The patient was suffering from an apparent broken leg after injuring it playing tennis on a city-owned court. When asked how he intended to pay the hospital’s bill, the patient replied that he would sue the city for the funds. The nurse determined that there were no serious injuries present and that the patient was stable, and then instructed the ambulance crew to transport the patient to a public facility. The paper identifies the facts of the case, then reviews legal, moral and economic issues of the case before concluding with a proposed corporate statement addressing future occurrences. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Nursing Ethics in December 2002 AORN Journal

    A 3 page paper discussing a series of nine articles appearing in the AORN Journal between April and December, 2002. The value of the series of articles is that each article focuses on a specific point of stated, formal ethics code to explain to perioperative nurses precisely what the standards mean for them. Ethics codes necessarily must be broad enough to apply to a wide range of situations, but narrow enough to be meaningful and to provide direction when questions arise. This AORN Journal series has the effect of narrowing perspective to illustrate the relevance of ANA’s code of ethics to perioperative nursing. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Mr. V and a Nursing Ethics Case Study

    A 10 page paper discussing a case of ethics of choice. Mr. V is terminally and wishes to give up his struggle. He is on a morphine drip, and the nurse on duty has instruction to decrease the drip should his respirations drop to four per minute. Mr. V maintains that he was resuscitated against his wishes; the nurse claims she merely followed instructions. The paper discusses the ethics of the case in terms of the philosophy of Kant and Mill. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Clash of Parents and Medical Professionals in 'Baby Owens'

    A 4 page examination of the ethics and law surrounding an infant diagnoses with Downs Syndrome and duodenal atresia. The baby needed medical intervention to survive. The baby's parents, however, refused treatment on the basis of their religious beliefs. The parents were Jehovas' Witnesses and believed that medical interventions such as blood transfusions were prohibited by the Bible itself. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Cloning of Dinosaurs

    This 4 page paper examines the ethics of cloning dinosaurs. Potential benefits is the subject of speculation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Genetic Engineering: Ethics

    3 pages in length. The list of options was rather long as the couple sat in the waiting room filling out their paperwork. There for their first in vitro fertilization procedure, they were faced with a number of choices pertaining to the baby they would eventually create: sex - female; hair color - blond; eyes - green; height - 5'7"; body type - athletic; I.Q. - 125; aptitude - music and law. Testing for specific diseases had all but weeded out life-threatening syndromes and socially unacceptable conditions that guaranteed they would make a healthy baby - and if not then they would simply abort it - so all that was left for aspiring parents to think about was what psychological and physiological traits they wanted their perfect child to have. Is this merely the plot of a bestselling science fiction novel? Not anymore given the progress scientific advancement has rendered in the recent past. If genetic engineering continues down the path it currently follows, there will be grave consequences to pay for manipulating man's natural methods of reproduction. No bibliography.

  • Cibelli, Lanza, West, and Ezzell's Research on 'The First Human Cloned Embryo'

    A 5 page review of the article published in the January 2002 edition of “Scientific American” recounting these researchers experiences in stem cell research. This article offers a fascinating glimpse into many aspects of cloning and stem cell research. The author of this paper interprets the research from a mental health perspective. Included is a discussion of the applications in the treatment of such conditions as Parkinson disease. An emphasis is also placed on the responsibility of the mental health professional to serve as an interpreter of stem cell research to the general public. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • In Vitro Fertilization and Ethics

    A 16 page research paper that examines questions concerning the ethics of invitro fertilization (IVF) and the problems associated with multiple births (pregnancy reduction) from an ethical standpoint that includes Kant, utilitarianism, and liberal individualism. The writer argues in favor of IVF procedures. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Gene Therapy and Shaywitz and Ausiello's Back To The Future

    Shaywitz and Ausiello, in their article, Back To The Future, Medicine and Our Genes, argue that the emerging gene sciences will reunite the patient, doctor and researcher in ways not seen since the 19th and early 20th centuries. This 5 page paper proposes that, in exploring the issues concerned with gene therapy, it seems as though the judgment of Shaywitz and Ausiello is well within the ethical bounds of religious and medical tenets. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nanotechnology and Its' Use in the Human Body; It is Desirable or Ethical?

    Nanotechnology offers miniaturization of information systems and computing at the atomic level. With predictions of possible cures for cancer and other diseases comes the promise of enhanced physical and mental abilities. This 11 page paper discusses whether injecting nanotechnology into the body be acceptable, ethical or desirable, if long-term effects are not known. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Pro Choice or Pro Life in the Abortion Controversy

    In this 5 page paper, it seems that Americans want to oppose abortion and yet keep it legal. This controversial paper considers both sides of the abortion debate and the ethics regarding each viewpoint. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • A Review of Commodifying Bodies - Man, Machines And Body Parts

    8 pages in length. The writer discusses cyborgs and organ donation/harvesting as they relate to the Scheper-Huges and Wacquant book entitled Commodifying Bodies. No bibliography.

  • The Case Against Animal Cruelty

    This 10 page paper argues that people who abuse animals find ways to justify their actions; it also suggests a link between human and animal abuse. Finally, it argues that there is no reason to continue testing on animals in the hope of curing human disease. Bibliography lists 5 sources

  • Animal Testing and its Implications

    This 5 page paper addresses both sides of the controversy concerning testing of animals. Both pro and con arguments are fully examined. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Biomedical Research Ethics

    A 6 page paper that explores the ethics of biomedical research, focusing on the key element of voluntary informed consent. Discussed are recent adverse events that have occurred in gene therapy research and the amendments and additions to federal regulations resulting from these events. Also included is a brief discussion of the history of the guidelines and regulations that safeguard human subject volunteers in medical and scientific research. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Social and Ethical Implications of the Avian Flu and Japanese Biotechnology

    A 5 page overview of the problems being confronted with bird flu. The author reviews the social impacts of the H5N1 virus and comments on the ethics of vaccine production. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Payment for Donating Blood

    This 6 page paper takes the position that paid blood donation should continue to be a reality. The problems with paid blood donation in terms of ethics and safety are duly noted. The myth of the volunteer donor is explored. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Annotated Bibliography on Human Cloning

    This 3 page annotated bibliography reflects 8 sources which are against cloning. Information on each source includes an interpretation in respect to how useful each source is.

  • The Law and Doctor-Patient Sexual Contact in California

    6 pages in length. Pete and Suzie, married for ten years, have recently experience several episodes of martial discord; as such, they both agreed to seek marital counseling in an effort to overcome their difficulties. They sought the professional services of one Dr. Sleeze, a well known marriage counselor/psychiatrist employed by the Clinic For The Sexually Dysfunctional Female. During the course of the counseling, Pete discovered his wife Suzie and Dr. Sleeze had been regularly engaging in sexual relations during the therapy sessions, a realization that caused him severe mental distress. Pete sues Dr. Sleeze and the Clinic for malpractice and negligent infliction of mental distress and suffering; however, the doctor counters the lawsuit and makes a motion to dismiss it on the grounds that California Civil Code §43.5 specifically prohibits all such lawsuits. Pete counters back under the protection of California's crime of sexual exploitation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Legislation on Euthanasia

    A 5 page research paper on legislation involving euthanasia. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Medicine and Artificial Intelligence

    This 28 page paper outlines the use of artificial intelligence in medicine. This paper outlines some of the major ways in which AI has improved the function of physicians and researchers. Bibliography lists 55 sources.

  • Suicide and Patients with AIDS and HIV

    This 18 page report discusses the many issues associated with suicide and people with HIV/AIDS. The disease has raised numerous issues such as access to care, prevention, cost of treatment, drug therapy and much more. Not surprisingly, it has also intensified the debate regarding right to die, physician assisted suicide, and the moral issues associated with suicide. As people are forced to live with a disease that slowly but surely robs them of all strength and any measure of personal dignity, many have made the decision not to endure that process or cause their loved ones to have to experience it with them. The impact of the loss of personal autonomy, the emotional and physical suffering, and the related care issues are presented in terms of both AIDS patients and their caregivers. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act and Physician Assisted Suicide

    In six pages this paper examines the history, passage, and specifics of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, the controversial physician-assisted suicide issue and what states’ positions are on it, and the contributions of Michigan Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Breast Cancer Research & Ethics

    A 6 page research paper that examines ethical conflicts in research, focusing specifically problematic areas that have arisen in breast cancer research. A literature review is offered and then discussion addresses such issues as what this information reveals about various ethical conflict in research, such as patient consent, benefits to patients and society, therapeutic research, etc. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Medical Ethical Dilemma - Stem Cell Research

    This 7 page paper begins with an explanation of what a stem cell is and why it is so valuable. The writer reports some of the diseases stem cells can cure and/or prevent and discusses the progress in stem cell research. This is followed by a discussion of the ethical dilemma with this type of research and concludes with the need for the U.S. to remain competitive. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Physician Induced Demand: Examples From Obstretics

    In this three page paper the author first defines and then explores the reasons behind physician induced demand. Two examples from obstretics are provided. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Case Studies on Medical Care's Informed Consent

    A 14 page analysis of informed consent. The author defines informed consist and identifies its critical elements. Three specific cases involving infants and the polarization of medical and parental opinion are analyzed in regard to consent, negligence, palliative care, and duty of care. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Selective Abortions and Medical Ethics

    This 5 page paper discusses the debate revolving around the abortion of fetus's determined to be mentally retarded. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Stem Cell Controversy: Chapter Analysis

    6 pages in length. The volatile nature of debates that revolve around stem cell research illustrate just how passionate supporters and opponents alike are about this unprecedented approach to furthering man's existence on planet Earth. Peters (2002) introduces readers to myriad issues associated with the forward push of stem cell research, some of which has found a bit of common ground among people on both sides, some that remains staunchly divided by a chasm unlikely to ever be closed and some that as of right now is unanswerable. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Ethical Dilemma and Medical Technology

    Mostly an 11 page analytical book review of Richard Zaner's 'Troubled Voices.' -- The writer cites a number of additional sources to evaluate Zaner's contention that advances in medical technologies have raised many ethical and moral questions. By presenting a number of stories describing the ethical dilemmas of patients and their participating care providers, Zaner supports the concept that medical technologies have caused great moral dilemmas that never would have been considered in the absence of such advances. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Analysis of Selling Human Organs

    A 5 page analysis of the pros and cons of instituting a market for transplantable human organs from an economic viewpoint. Discusses costs and benefits, both to the investor and society, and the questions which must be answered before a policy can be formulated. Bibliography lists three sources.

  • Euthanasia Controversy and Hard Choices

    A 5 page paper that examines court cases that have challenged the practice of euthanasia, or an individual's right to end one's own life when faced with terminal illness or a vegetative state. Focus is on two 1997 cases in particular, Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health and Washington v. Glucksberg. Included are views held by those opposing the practice of euthanasia as well as views of proponents. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Ethical Issues Involved With Assisted Suicide

    This 5 page report discusses various ethical issues associated with assisted suicide. The debate has generally centered around both the moral and legal issues of the process. The central argument for assisted suicide is based on respect for the patients' autonomy. The main argument against assisted suicide is the belief in the inherent sacredness of life and that God only has the right to end one's life. The ethical questions surrounding the care of terminally ill patients often focus on when treatment should be withheld or withdrawn. A case study regarding a paralyzed but mentally competent adult, African-American man and a severely disabled newborn is also considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Human Cloning in the Future

    (7 pp) The idea of human cloning either sounds like something out of a bad science fiction movie, is a boon to medical science or a travesty to morality. As in the case of most exaggerations, there is a shred of truth in all of them. Although our proposed challenge is to project what might happen, some of those projections will be examined under a humorous light. Generally speaking we learn best when we can laugh. Other projections are as assigned. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

 

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