Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sister's Keeper - Medical Ethics

Medical ethics... Legal ethics... Family ethics. This book has Ethical Issues oozing from every pore!

So, what do you think about the doctors in this book? Did your feelings change as the book progressed? I know that I never questioned the doctors' actions... until Campbell brought it up in court. The doctor said that they wouldn't take Anna's kidney unless she wanted to donate, but "We were under the impression that donation was her wish." (Didn't someone ASK Anna?)

And the doctor saying that Anna's case hadn't come before the ethics board because she wasn't the patient - then looking at her bulging medical file and admitting "She's had several invasive procedures."

When do doctors say "No?" When should doctors say "No?"

You can see a list of books on the topic of Medical Ethics. There's a huge history of medical personnel doing (sometimes unspeakable) things with the best possible intentions. This can be very, very scary.

It's pretty clear at this point that in this book, no one is trying to hurt anyone. Everyone is really trying to do the best thing possible - including Anna.

So, what do you think? Is what the doctors are doing "right"?
Is what Sara has been doing "right"?
Is what Anna is doing "right"?

What do you think?

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