345-HSA-VA, Medicine and Ethics
This course focuses on contemporatry biomedical issues relevant to the "new age" of medicine by examining historical ethical debate that has traditionally surrounded the practice of medicine. Through the formulation of a theoretical framework, it addresses the need for contemporary biomedical ethics. Six themes relating to the practice of medicine, treatment of patients and use of medical resources provide the data for analysis; patient-physician relationship, human subjects and research, use of technology in reproduction and control of disease, genetics, euthanasia and allocation of medical resources. Students will become familiarized with the principal ethical issues in medical practice, research and health care, and will examine new developments in medical science related to the control of epidemic diseases, new technologies for cures and to provide rationale for government involvement in medicine.