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PHIL 20602 - Medical Ethics, Fall 2009

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Author: David Solomon
This course, offered by Professor David Solomon, is an introduction to biomedical ethics. The first part of the course provides an introduction to basic ethical theory, which is intended to serve as a background aid for thinking through the particular issues discussed in the remainder of the course. Specific topics to be discussed include confidentiality and truth-telling in the doctor/patient relationship, medical experimentation and informed consent, abortion, treatment decisions for seriously ill infants, physician assisted suicide, and health care reform.
Hippocrates

Medical Ethics

Professor David Solomon, Ph.D.

Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: Three 50-minute classes per week; two lectures and a discussion seminar.

Prerequisites: None.

Hippocrate refusant les présents d'Artaxerxès [Hippocrates refuses the gifts of Artaxerxes].
Copy of oil on canvas by Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (1792). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to biomedical ethics. The first part of the course provides an introduction to basic ethical theory, which is intended to serve as a background aid for thinking through the particular issues discussed in the remainder of the course. Specific topics to be discussed include confidentiality and truth-telling in the doctor/patient relationship, medical experimentation and informed consent, abortion, treatment decisions for seriously ill infants, physician assisted suicide, and health care reform.

Course Highlights

Features include lecture notes and PowerPoint slides for all lectures, audio recordings of selected lectures, and suggestions for further reading.

This course was also cross-listed as CST 20602, HESB 30237, and STV 20245.