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Instructor: Katie Deaven. This course meets MW 4:40 – 5:55 p.m. in DE 307.

The course begins with an exploration of the foundational principles and moral reasoning about bioethics, followed by a detailed examination of health, disease, and the aims of medicine. As the course progresses, we will delve into the ethics of the patient-physician relationship with an emphasis on truth-telling, privacy, and informed consent. We will explore several critical questions centered on moral and regulatory considerations, including access to abortion, in vitro fertilization, and other reproductive health technologies. Next, we will examine the ethics of medical research, and we will consider some issues relating to the equitable distribution of health resources. Finally, we will take a look back at some of the ethical principles we began the course with and reassess them.


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