Beth 271 paper1

Beth 271 paper1 - April 30, 2007 Bioethics 271 Professor...

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April 30, 2007 Bioethics 271 Professor Hyun It would be wrong to force an amputation upon an aspiring young athlete. For Beth, a state champion swimmer, an amputation would cause more negative effects than can be ignored. Beth is a mature fourteen year old, who should be allowed to have a strong impact on her medical treatment. She should have the final say in the decision to keep or lose her leg. The capacities for competence are the ability to communicate and understand information, the capacity for reasoning and deliberation, and the capacity to have a set of values (Brock). I believe that Beth shows these three qualities in many ways. The first category is being able to communicate and understand information presented. Beth is a mature freshman in high school, she will be able to read, write, and speak. When the doctor explains the course of action, she will understand the risks of having or not having the procedures. The second category is closely related to the first. In decision making it is key for the patient to be able to reason and deliberate the different treatment options and outcomes. Dan W. Brock says, “Some at least limited capacity to employ probabilistic reasoning about uncertain outcomes is commonly necessary, as well as the capacity to give appropriate weight to probable future outcomes in a present decision” (Brock). Beth, being an intelligent fourteen year old, would be able to do this reasoning. The third category is the capacity to have a set of values. As Brock describes,
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[The third category] supplies the standards by which to evaluate treatment alternatives and their various features as either benefits or risks, and to assign relative weights or importance to these features. The conception of one’s good needs to be sufficiently consistent and stable at least to permit arriving at a treatment choice and maintaining that choice
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2008 for the course BETH 271 taught by Professor Hyunn during the Spring '08 term at Case Western.

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Beth 271 paper1 - April 30, 2007 Bioethics 271 Professor...

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