Medicine, moral dilemmas and the law
in Medicine, patients and the law (sixth edition)
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All health professionals confront ethical dilemmas. Chapter 3 asks how society understands and implements concepts of the sanctity of human life. Beauchamp and Childress’s ‘Four Principles’: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice provide a framework for ethical conduct. Each is examined before we consider the role of religion and secularisation and difficult questions about respect for human life at the beginning and end of life.


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