The ethics of environmentally responsible health care

The ethics of environmentally responsible health care

Science of the Total Environment 330 (2004) 271 Book Notice The ethics of environmentally responsible health care Jessica Pierce, Andrew Jameton Ava...

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Science of the Total Environment 330 (2004) 271

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The ethics of environmentally responsible health care Jessica Pierce, Andrew Jameton Available from Oxford University Press, USA

This book shows how environmental decline relates to human health and to health-care practices in the United States and other industrialized countries. It outlines the environmental trends that will strongly affect health, and challenges us to see the connections between ways of practicing medicine and the very environmental problems that damage ecosystems and make people sick. In addition to philosophical analysis of the converging values of bioethics and environmental ethics, the book offers

case studies as well as a number of practical suggestions for moving health care toward sustainability. The exploration of a hypothetical Green Health Center, in particular, offers an intellectual and moral framework for talking about environmental values in health care. Engaging and challenging, this book will appeal not only to health professionals and philosophers, but also to anyone concerned about how to preserve and promote both human health and the health of the natural world.

0048-9697/04/$ - see front matter 䊚 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.03.034