Evolution of Medical Practice Essay

Better Essays

Fall, 2005

Professor Paul A. Lombardo

Center for Biomedical Ethics
Office: University Hospital, Davis 5337
Phone: 982-4227 Texts

1) Great Cases in Bioethics, compiled & edited by Paul A. Lombardo (2005) [available at the law school copy center]

2) Limits: The Role of Law in Bioethical Decisionmaking, by Roger B. Dworkin (Indiana, 1996) & Strangers at the Bedside: A History of How Law and Bioethics Transformed the Practice of Medicine, by David J. Rothman (Harper-Collins, 1991). [These are available for background material.--on reserve at the Law Library & the Center for Bioethics]

The field of Bioethics has developed over the past thirty years as a product of
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A bibliograpy (1-2 pages) of sources must accompany the materials.

The second hour will involve

A discussion with assistance from other students and the Professor, to place the case in the current ethical and legal context. What are the contemporary ethical issues with which the case is now associated? What current cases need to be examined in reference to the “Great Case?” Where does the debate stand today? What is at stake ethically in the debate and what is your position on the issues?

Seminar Paper

Each student will be required to write a research paper of significant size and substance on a topic that expands on or relates to the case presented in class. The paper will provide an in-depth exploration of issues raised during the class discussion or in conference with the Professor, and will incorporate reference material discovered during research. The paper should be no less than 25 pages, and should demonstrate familiarity with the scholarly literature in the relevant areas.


1) Introduction; The Rule of Consent

Schloendorff v. Society of New York Hospital (1914)

2) Eugenic Sterilization

Buck v. Bell (1927)

3) Access to Contraception

Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

4) Abortion

Roe v. Wade (1973)

5) Medical
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