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Conscientious Objection in Health Care : An Ethical Analysis, Paperback / softback Book

Conscientious Objection in Health Care : An Ethical Analysis Paperback / softback


Historically associated with military service, conscientious objection has become a significant phenomenon in health care.

Mark Wicclair offers a comprehensive ethical analysis of conscientious objection in three representative health care professions: medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

He critically examines two extreme positions: the 'incompatibility thesis', that it is contrary to the professional obligations of practitioners to refuse provision of any service within the scope of their professional competence; and 'conscience absolutism', that they should be exempted from performing any action contrary to their conscience.

He argues for a compromise approach that accommodates conscience-based refusals within the limits of specified ethical constraints.

He also explores conscientious objection by students in each of the three professions, discusses conscience protection legislation and conscience-based refusals by pharmacies and hospitals, and analyzes several cases.

His book is a valuable resource for scholars, professionals, trainees, students, and anyone interested in this increasingly important aspect of health care.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 268 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; Printed music items
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Medical ethics & professional conduct
  • ISBN: 9780521735438



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