Preface. Introduction; Corrado Viafora.
Part 1. Clinical Bioethics: Comparing Theoretical Models. Clinical Bioethics in a Post Modern Age; David C.Thomasma. The 'Telos' of Medicine and the Good of the Patient; Edmund Pellegrino. The Foundation of Medical Ethics in the Democratic Evolution of Modern Society; Diego Gracia. A Communitarian Approach to Clinical Bioethics; Henk Ten Have. A Hermeneutical Approach to Clinical Bioethics; Bruno Cadoré. A Deliberative Approach to Clinical Bioethics; Michael Parker.
Part 2. Toward Clinical Bioethics Integrating 'Internal Morality' and 'External Morality'. 'A Helping and Caring Profession': Medicine as a Normative Practice; Henk Ten Have.
Part 2.1. The Goals of Medicine in Relation to the Subjectivisation of Health and Rationalisation of Health Care Institutions. Medicine as a Practice and the Ethics of Illness; Roberto Mordacci. The Right to Choose One's Health; Paolo Zatti. The Tension between Ethics and Evidence-based Medicine; Paolo Vineis. Maintaining Integrity in Times of Scarse Resources; H. Jochemsen, J. Hoogland, J. Polder.
Part 2.2. Interpreting Clinical Judgment: Epistemological Notes on the Praxis of Medicine; Roberto Dell'Oro. For an Ethical Function in Hospitals; Pierre Boitte. The Ethical Function in the Health Care Institutions: Clinical Ethics Committees; Corrado Viafora.
A theory of Clinical Bioethics based on the integration of the moral logic of health care practice ("internal morality") and the larger social concerns and processes ("external morality")
Clinical Bioethics. A Search for the Foundations compares major theoretical models in the foundation of clinical bioethics and explains medicine as a normative practice. The goals of medicine are discussed with particular reference to the subjectivisation of health and the rationalisation of health care institutions. This volume provides a consistent reconstruction of bioethical judgment both at the level of epistemological statute and institutional context, i.e. clinical ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation.
Compares major theoretical models in the foundation of clinical bioethics
Provides a consistent reconstruction of the bioethical judgment at the level of both epistemological statute and institutional context