Hippocrates' Maze: Ethical Explorations of the Medical Labyrinth (Explorations in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities) (Hardcover)

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To contain the Minotaur, the ancient artificer Daedalus crafted a maze so intricate that it bewildered even its maker. Contemporary medicine--"Hippocrates' Maze--is every bit as bewildering, so much so that a new and distinct field, bioethics, has been created to help professional caregivers, patients, and families navigate their way through it.

In Nelson's typically inviting and graceful style, the essays collected in Hippocrates' Maze explore the labyrinth of contemporary health care, and arrive at some unusual findings about death and decisionmaking, justice and families, cloning and kinship, and organ donation and intimacy. However, the book's most distinctive conclusions concern bioethics itself: the field is not best seen solely as a source of good advice to doctors, but rather as a way of better understanding our humanity.

About the Author


James Lindemann Nelson is professor of philosophy and faculty associate at the Michigan State University's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences. He is co-author of The Patient in the Family (1996) and Alzheimer's: Answers to Hard Questions for Families (1996).


Product Details
ISBN: 9780742513846
ISBN-10: 074251384X
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: January 9th, 2003
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Explorations in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities