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Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care

Rosamond Rhodes, Margaret Battin, and Anita Silvers


Because medicine can preserve life, restore health and maintain the body’s functions, it is widely acknowledged as a basic good that just societies should provide for their members. Yet, there is wide disagreement over the scope and content of what to provide, to whom, how, when, and why. In this book, some of the best-known philosophers, physicians, legal scholars, political scientists, and economists writing on the subject discuss what social justice in medicine should be. The forty-two chapters in this second edition update and expand upon the thirty-four chapters of the first edition. Eigh ... More

Keywords: medicine, social justice, health care, medical resources, genetics, medical malpractice, newborn screening, brain dead, neurological injury, chronically ill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosamond Rhodes, editor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Margaret Battin, editor
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Anita Silvers, editor
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Front Matter

Introduction Medicine and Social Justice

Rosamond Rhodes, Margaret P. Battin, and Anita Silvers

Part I Theoretical Foundations

4 Justice Pluralism

Rosamond Rhodes

Part II Access and Rationing

9 Unequal by Design

Bruce C. Vladeck and Eliot Fishman

19 Equal Access to Health Care Under the UN Disability Rights Convention

Michael Ashley Stein, Janet E. Lord, and Dorothy Weiss Tolchin

Part III Populations

Part IV Dilemmas and Priorities

33 Oral and Mental Health Services

David Ozar and James Sabin

35 Just Expectations

James Lindemann Nelson

36 Justice in Research on Human Subjects

David Buchanan and Franklin G. Miller

37 Just Genetics

Leonard M. Fleck

38 Expanded Newborn Screening

Jeffrey R. Botkin, Rebecca A. Anderson, and Erin Rothwell

39 Justice, Profound Neurological Injury, and Brain Death

Michael Nair-Collins and James M. Hitt

40 Justice in Transplant Organ Allocation

Rosamond Rhodes and Thomas D. Schiano

41 Justice in Planning for Pandemics and Disasters

Leslie Pickering Francis and Margaret P. Battin

42 Justice Has (Almost) Nothing to Do With It

David A. Hyman and Charles Silver

End Matter