Expanding Our Calling: Social Ethics in Medical Education

Wayne Xavier Shandera, MD (Editor)
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Series: Ethical Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED050000

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Social Ethics in Medical Education is a compendium of essays that represent the thoughts and teachings of a group of philosophers, academicians, and community activists who teach at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA. They present cutting-edge discussions on a variety of topical issues that are not always included in the medical school curriculum. These include the specifics for the care of the homeless, problems dealing with discrimination among HIV-infected individuals, the growing epidemic and need for containment of the global sex trade, the physician involvement in torture in recent conflicts, the physician’s involvement in the death penalty in some jurisdictions, the emerging issues of caring for large populations of migrants, the interface of new genetic techniques with ethical issues, and issues related to research activities in general.

Most of these issues have surfaced in the Houston area, but all are a problem in many areas of the globe today where movement of peoples, conflicts with power, new diseases, and homelessness all create a fabric that medical students will have to contend with in their future activities as physicians. The solutions to these problems are not evident, but the authors provide a variety of prescriptions to help with the care of patients in the increasingly complex and multinational societies in which we live.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Social Ethics and Human Rights – Definitions and Institutional Policies

Chapter 1
Human Rights: A Brief Historical and Conceptual Account
(Laurence McCullough, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA)

Chapter 2
Human Research Subjects: The National and International Role of Institutional Review Boards in the Approval of Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals
(Joseph Kass, and Rachel Rose, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, and others)

Part II: Social Ethics, Human Rights, and Those Living on the Edge – The Homeless, New Immigrants, the HIV Infected, and Sex Trade Workers

Chapter 3
Homelessness and Medical Education: Examining the Ethical and Practical Considerations of Serving the Most in Need
(Winnie Yiyun Zou, and David S. Buck, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA)

Chapter 4
Immigration and Health
(Sister Veronica Schuler, Catholic Charities, Houston, TX, USA)

Chapter 5
AIDS and Discrimination
(Mark Tschaepe, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA)

Chapter 6
What Should Medical Students Know about the Global Sex Trade?
(Susan M. Miller, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA)

Part III: Social Ethics, Human Right, and New Science

Chapter 7
The Genetic Revolution and Medical Education
(Wayne X. Shandera, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA)

Chapter 8
Medical Ethics, Human Rights, and Torture
(Yuanzhou Wu, New York University School of Law, New York City, NY, USA)

Chapter 9
A New Medical Curriculum for the Nuclear Age
(Wayne X. Shandera, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA)

About the Editor

List of Contributors

Index

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