Trust is Not Enough: Bringing Human Rights to Medicine

New York Review Books (2006)
Addresses the issues at the heart of international medicine and social responsibility. A number of international declarations have proclaimed that health care is a fundamental human right. But if we accept this broad commitment, how should we concretely define the state’s responsibility for the health of its citizens? Although there is growing debate over this issue, there are few books for general readers that provide engaging accounts of critical incidents, practices, and ideas in the field of human rights, health care, and medicine. Included in the book are case studies of such issues as AIDS among orphans in Romania, organ trafficking, prison conditions, health care rationing, medical research in the third world, and South Africa’s constitutionally guaranteed right of access to health care. It uses these topics to address themes of protection of vulnerable populations, equity and fairness in delivering competent medical care, informed consent and the free flow of information, and state responsibility for ensuring physical, mental, and social well-being.
Keywords Medical ethics  Public health Moral and ethical aspects  Human rights Health aspects  Bioethical Issues  Human Rights Abuses  Human Rights  Internationality  Organ Transplantation ethics  Torture ethics  World Health
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Call number R724.R626 2006
ISBN(s) 1590171403   9781590171400
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