Biomedical - Session 3
Q. what are medical ethics?
ethics: moral ought/should and reasoning, how we ought to behave
normative issues, theoretical
question of guidance
practical explanation of ethics: biomedical ethics
some argue that it should have its own discipline
moral question: is it moral to assist someone's suicide?
personal autonomy and justice issues
Q. was it right for the doctors to ignore his wishes even after the initial shock?
possibly not in the right mindset due to trauma?
no consideration of other treatment options
more comfortable and less painful alternatives
doctors did treatment in Dax's best interests at the time
justified outcome overwrites the amount of pain Dax suffered
Q. why did Dax dedicate his life to advocating medical rights?
A. never know for sure about having a positive outcome
infants born literally without a brain are never going to be conscious will always be unconscious and if connected to ventilators, could live a long life
will die without pain because of no sensory organs
after natural death, cannot use organs (moral implications)
claim: child cannot continue to have a normal existence
considerations: value of life
parents will suffer and need to think about their families
problem with killing infants for organ harvest
infants are legal entities
based on the definition of our determination, can override law and determine value of life
definitions of death
traditional definition of death: when the heart and lung stops
legal (and current) definition of death (because of new technology): whole brain death
Q. why the whole brain?
A. something in the brain is still alive