A History and Theory of Informed Consent by Ruth R. Faden

By Ruth R. Faden

Basically argued and written in nontechnical language, this ebook offers a definitive account of trained consent. It starts off by way of featuring the analytic framework for reasoning approximately knowledgeable consent present in ethical philosophy and legislations. The authors then overview and interpret the background of educated consent in scientific drugs, study, and the courts. They argue that admire for autonomy has had a primary position within the justification and serve as of expert consent necessities. Then they current a conception of the character of knowledgeable consent that's in accordance with an appreciation of its ancient roots. a huge contribution to an issue of present felony and moral debate, this examine is obtainable to all people with a significant curiosity in biomedical ethics, together with physicians, philosophers, coverage makers, spiritual ethicists, attorneys, and psychologists. This well timed research makes an important contribution to the controversy concerning the rights of sufferers and topics.

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It is widely agreed, for example, that the choice of a birth control method is properly the patient's but that the decision to administer a sedative to a panicked patient in an emergency room is properly the physician's. However, many cases in medicine exhibit no clear consensus about legitimate decisionmaking authority—for instance, who should decide which aggressive therapy, if any, to administer to a cancer victim or whether to prolong the lives of severely handicapped newborns by medical interventions?

2 Foundations in Legal Theory We maintained in Chapter 1 that moral principles are to be understood as principles of duty and that these duties are correlative to rights. Although no structure of principles in law corresponds directly to moral principles, moral principles are expressed and enforced by the law in the form of rights and duties devised for the specific purposes of a legal framework. In these respects the law is shaped by and established to protect moral interests, and the criteria of evidence and argument are often similar in the two disciplines.

Common Law and the Legal Doctrine A legal "doctrine" is a body of legal theory applied to a particular topic. Legal scholarship often focuses on doctrines rather than on theories of liability, in part because there may be more than one relevant theory of liability according to which a particular issue can be discussed. 1 The legal doctrine derives in American case law almost exclusively from the physician-patient relationship in therapy, as contrasted with the researcher-subject relationship in research.

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