Dr. Robert Rothman

Office: 08-1342
Phone: 475-5215
E-Mail: rhrsbi
web site: www.rit.edu/~rhrsbi
     

Texts

  Biomedical Ethics , 6th ed.   T Mappes & D Degrazia.   McGraw-Hill
Classic Cases in Medical Ethic
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4th ed. Gregory E. PenceMcGraw-Hill, Inc
The Basics of Bioethics , 2nd ed.   RM Veatch   Prentice-Hall

 

 

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Discussion Topics:

Introduction

  • Morality and Ethical Theory
  • Moral Dilemmas
  • The Place of Principles
  • Balancing and SpecifyingPrinciples

Types of Ethical Theory

  • Utilitarianism: Consequence-Based Theory
  • Kantianism: Obligation-Based Theory
  • Character Ethics: Virtue-Based Theory
  • Liberal Individualism: Rights-Based Theory
  • Cmmunitarianism: Community-Based Theory
  • Ethics of Care: Relationship-Based Accounts
  • Casuistry: Case-Based Reasoning
  • Principle-Based Theory
  • Common-Morality Theory

Ethical Principles

  • Respect for Autonomy
  • Nonmaleficence
  • Beneficence
  • Justice

Beginning of Life

  • In Vitro Fertilization
  • Disposal of Unused Zygotes
  • Surrogacy
  • Abortion

End of Life

  • Futile Treatment
  • Right to Die
  • Withdrawal of Treatment
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide

Genetics

  • The Eugenics Movement and Nazi Germany
  • Testing for Carrier (Heterozygous) Status
  • Pre-symptomatic Testing for Genetic Disorders
  • Embryonic and Neonatal Testing
  • Confidentiality of Genetic Information

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