Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children

Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children From disagreement to dissensusEdition 1

Editors: By Dominic Wilkinson, MBBS BMedSci MBioeth DPhil FRACP FRCPCH and Julian Savulescu, BMedSci, MBBS, MA, PhD
ISBN: 9780702077814
Publication Date : Sep 4, 2018
Page Count: 176
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  • Description
  • About the Editor
  • Table of Contents
  • Book Reviews
Description

What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be best for a child? When should courts become involved? Should life support be stopped against parents’ wishes?

The case of Charlie Gard, reached global attention in 2017. It led to widespread debate about the ethics of disagreements between doctors and parents, about the place of the law in such disputes, and about the variation in approach between different parts of the world.

In this book, medical ethicists Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu critically examine the ethical questions at the heart of disputes about medical treatment for children. They use the Gard case as a springboard to a wider discussion about the rights of parents, the harms of treatment, and the vital issue of limited resources. They discuss other prominent UK and international cases of disagreement and conflict.

From opposite sides of the debate Wilkinson and Savulescu provocatively outline the strongest arguments in favour of and against treatment. They analyse some of the distinctive and challenging features of treatment disputes in the 21st century and argue that disagreement about controversial ethical questions is both inevitable and desirable. They outline a series of lessons from the Gard case and propose a radical new ‘dissensus’ framework for future cases of disagreement.

Key Features

  • This new book critically examines the core ethical questions at the heart of disputes about medical treatment for children.
  • The contents review prominent cases of disagreement from the UK and internationally and analyse some of the distinctive and challenging features around treatment disputes in the 21st century.
  • The book proposes a radical new framework for future cases of disagreement around the care of gravely ill people.
About the Editor
By Dominic Wilkinson, MBBS BMedSci MBioeth DPhil FRACP FRCPCH, Professor of Medical Ethics, Director of Medical Ethics, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Consultant Neonatologist, John Radcliffe Hospital; Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford. and Julian Savulescu, BMedSci, MBBS, MA, PhD, Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Table of Contents

Disagreement

Chapter 1: The Charlie Gard case

Agreement

Chapter 2: Futility

Chapter 3: Best interests

Chapter 4: Resources

Chapter 5: Research

Chapter 6: Parents

Agreeing to disagree

Chapter 7: Dissensus and value pluralism

Chapter 8: Embracing disagreement

Chapter 9: Learning from Charlie Gard

Appendix 1: Savulescu's view

Appendix 2: Wilkinson's view 

Book Reviews

"A thought-provoking and thorough analysis of disputes about treatment for children…This book has something for general readers…students of bioethics…[and] those working at the cutting edge of medicine. It should stimulate discussions in paediatric and neonatal intensive care units everywhere."

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

"The sad case of Charlie Gard, both heart wrenching and philosophically complex, promises to become a seminal case in the field of medical ethics. There are certainly no two better scholars than Wilkinson and Savulescu to explore and articulate the lessons we can learn from this tragic story."

Robert D. Truog, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School