The ethical issues that arise in pediatrics vary drastically from those in other clinical settings because young children cannot make decisions for themselves. This essential collection presents a series of cases that highlight some ethical dilemmas that arise in pediatrics including End-of-Life Decisions; When Doctors and Parents Have Different Philosophies; Ethical Issues in Genomics; Ethical Issues Surrounding Permanent Severe Disability in Childhood; Research Ethics; and Issues in Law and Health Policy. This collection is intended to be a starting point for a discussion on pediatric bioethics and a reference when reflecting on similar cases.
"This is a state-of-the-art, case-based compilation of excellent, challenging pediatric cases involving difficult ethical decisions for pediatric providers. Readers will learn the principles of bioethics in the introduction, which will then be reinforced in each section of the book and with each clinical case. As a pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience as a neonatologist, pediatric intensivist, hospitalist, and apnea doctor, I learned a lot and relived a number of clinical situations in reading this excellent book. It should be available in every pediatric medical library as well as in units caring for critically ill pediatric patients. Highly recommended."
-- Joseph Hageman, MD (Comer Children's Hospital) Doody's Review
The audience is pediatric providers. Providers in training and clinicians can benefit from reading the introduction as a basis for learning the basic principles of bioethics, then reading the cases in the individual sections. The author and the contributors are credible authorities. This represents the state of the art in pediatric medical bioethics.