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This class will examine how the legal policy systems reconcile competing values and interests in controversies surrounding the practice of medicine. Case law, legislation, advisory policies, and institutional policies will be examined, as well as selected commentary from the legal, medical, and philosophical perspectives. Substantive topics may include: the definition of death, the right to refuse treatment, medical decisions regarding treatment for incompetent patients (including children), physician assisted suicide, procreative liberty, organ transplantation, research involving human subjects, and selected issues raised by genetics and human cloning. Grades will be based on class participation (20%), and a final take-home exam (80%)--although students who wish to use this class as their upper level writing requirement may do so in lieu of taking the final exam.
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