Table of Contents

Introduction.
Buddhism, health, disease, and Thai culture.
Concepts of health and disease in traditional Chinese medicine.
Discourses on health: a critical perspective.
Expanding notions of culture for cross-cultural ethics in health and medicine.
Health, health care, and culture: diverse meanings, shared agendas.
Buddhist health care ethics.
Chinese health care ethics.
Secular health care ethics.
Pediatric care: judgments about best interests at the onset of life.
Comparing the participation of Native North American and Euro-North American patients in health care decisions.
End-of-life decisions: clinical decisions about dying and perspectives on life and death.
A critical view of North American health policy.
Threats from the Western biomedical paradigm: implications for Chinese herbology and traditional Thai medicine.
Global challenges: ethical implications of the greening of modern Western medicine. "The ethical theories employed in health care today assume, in the main, a modern Western philosophical framework. Yet the diversity of cultural and religious assumptions regarding human nature, health and illness, life and death, and the status of the individual suggest that a cross-cultural study of health care ethics is needed." "A Cross-Cultural Dialogue on Health Care Ethics provides this study. It shows that ethical questions can be resolved by examining the ethical principles present in each culture, critically assessing each value, and identifying common values found within all traditions."--Jacket.
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