Journal Article

Title Rationing Just Medical Care
Author(s) Schneiderman, Lawrence J
Source American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 7-14, July 2011
ISSN 1526-5161
Year 2011
Language English
Abstract U.S. politicians and policy makers are preoccupied with how to pay for health care. Hardly any thought is given to what should be paid for — as though health care is a commodity that needs no examination, or what health outcomes should receive priority in a just society, i.e., rationing. I present a rationing proposal, consistent with U.S. culture and traditions, that deals not with “health care,” the terminology used in the current debate, but with the more modest and limited topic of medical care. Integral to this rationing proposal — which allows scope to individual choice and at the same time recognizes the interdependence of the individual and society — is a definition of a “decent minimum,” the basic package of medical treatments everyone should have access to in a just society. I apply it to a specific example, diabetes mellitus, and track it through a person’s lifespan.


Title Coping with Choices to Die
Author(s) Prado, C G
Source Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011
Type of Doc BOOK
ISBN 978-0-521-13248-0
Year 2011
Language English
Abstract This book examines the reactions of the friends and family of those who elect to die due to terminal illness. These surviving spouses, partners, relatives, and friends, in addition to coping with the death of a loved one, must also deal with the loved one’s decision to die, thus severing the relationship. C. G. Prado examines how reactions to elective death are influenced by cultural influences and beliefs, particularly those related to life, death, and the possibility of an afterlife. Understanding the role of these cultural influences on the grieving processes of survivors is a crucial step in allowing them to accept both intellectually and emotionally the finality of elective death and to deal with the decision of their loved one. (publisher)


Title Addiction and Responsibility
Author(s) Poland, Jeffrey; Graham, George
Source MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2011
ISBN 978-0-262-01550-9
Year 2011
Language English
Abstract Questions arise: are we responsible for our addictions? And what responsibilities do others have to help us? This volume offers a range of perspectives on addiction and responsibility and how the two are bound together. Distinguished contributors — from theorists to clinicians, from neuroscientists and psychologists to philosophers and legal scholars — discuss these questions in essays using a variety of conceptual and investigative tools. Some contributors offer models of addiction-related phenomena, including theories of incentive sensitization, ego-depletion, and pathological affect; others address such traditional philosophical questions as free will and agency, mind-body, and other minds. Two essays, written by scholars who were themselves addicts, attempt to integrate first-person phenomenological accounts with the third-person perspective of the sciences. Contributors distinguish among moral responsibility, legal responsibility, and the ethical responsibility of clinicians and researchers. Taken together, the essays offer a forceful argument that we cannot fully understand addiction if we do not also understand responsibility. (publisher, edited)

Contribution to an Anthology

Title “What Is It Like to Be an Addict?” in Addiction and Responsibility, Poland, Jeffrey; Graham, George
Author(s) Flanagan, Owen
Publisher MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2011
ISBN 978-0-262-01550-9
Year 2011
Language English

Book Review

Book Title Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine: The United States, France and Japan
Book Author(s) Rodwin, Marc A
Book Publisher Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011
Book Year 2011
Type of Doc REVIEW
Review Author Latham, Stephen R
Review Source American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 11, no. 10, pp. 36-37, October 2011
Review ISSN 1526-5161