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Teaching Ethics in Organ Transplantation

Cases and Movies

Silke Schicktanz, Claudia Wiesemann and Sabine Wöhlke, Editors

Publication Year: 2011

Organ transplantation allows modern surgeons to give "new life" to chronically ill patients. At the same time, the new opportunities raise ethical questions concerning human identity and the definition of the human body. These concerns do not play out the same in all cultures or in every situation. This collection of 30 case studies illustrates the range of global and local, ethical, social, and cultural problems associated with organ transplantation. The collection also provides a list of popular movies and websites to aid instructors and their students. This work is aimed at educators in medicine, health care, philosophy, and religious studies.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title page

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Table of Content

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pp. 1-2

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Part A: Introduction

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pp. 3-13

Organ transplantation is a thrilling new option of modern surgery yielding hope for chronically ill patients, and, at the same time, stirring controversial ethical questions on human identity and the meaning of the human body. Being a global and transnational endeavour, organ transplantation ...

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Part B: Case studies

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pp. 15-65

Mr. A.B.4 is 57 years old. He is an Arab citizen, married and has three children: a 22-year-old son, a student; a 27-year-old son, married and father of two young children; and a 32-year- old daughter, unmarried. Mr. A.B. has been suffering from acute chronic renal failure for two ...

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Part C: Movies as teaching material – ethical issues in organ transplantation

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pp. 67-68

Movies can be a wonderful starting point to teach the ethics of organ transplantation. They usually rely on a kind of moral knowledge. Teachers can use these popular narratives for bioethical reflection: they provide useful, compelling, and even “cool” case studies for bioethical ...

Table of movies

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pp. 69-74

Literature on the use of movies for medical ethics education

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pp. 75-

Websites / open access

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pp. 78-

List of Contributors

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pp. 77-81


E-ISBN-13: 9781935603696
E-ISBN-10: 1935603698
Print-ISBN-13: 9781935603061
Print-ISBN-10: 193560306X

Page Count: 86
Illustrations: none
Publication Year: 2011