Theoretical Models and Approaches to Ethics

  • Henk A. M. J. Ten Have
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 8)


Interest in the moral problems of medicine and health care has grown rapidly over the last three decades, not only in the U.S. but in the majority of European countries as well (Gracia, 1999). Although medical practice has always been the subject of ethical reflection and critique, two recent developments in particular have served to transform the traditional notion of medical ethics: (1) advances in medicine and health care due to the influence of biotechnology and technology-oriented medicine, and (2) the rapidly changing socio-cultural context marked by the prevalence of a plurality of values in Western countries, especially those values that bear on the provision of health care.


Medical Practice Medical Ethic Moral Theory Clinical Ethic Moral Problem 
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