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By Timothy Murphy

ISBN-10: 0520086368

ISBN-13: 9780520086364

AIDS moves so much seriously at these already marginalized by way of traditional society. without quick prospect of vaccination or healing, how can liberty, dignity, and reasoned desire be preserved within the shadow of a deadly disease? during this humane and swish ebook, thinker Timothy Murphy bargains perception into our attempts—popular and educational, American and non-American, medical and political—to make judgment of right and wrong of pain.

Murphy addresses the advanced ethical questions raised via AIDS for health-care staff, politicians, coverage makers, or even individuals with AIDS themselves. He levels extensively, studying contrasting visions of the starting place and the way forward for the epidemic, the ethical and political capabilities of obituaries, the doubtful worth of star involvement in anti-AIDS schooling, the useful makes use of of AIDS within the discourse of presidential campaigns, the exclusionary functionality of HIV checking out for immigrants, the concern given to AIDS at the nationwide healthiness schedule, and the hypnotic exposure given to "innocent" victims.

Murphy's discussions of the various social and political confusions approximately AIDS are unified by means of his try to articulate the ethical assumptions framing our interpretations of the epidemic. via realizing these assumptions, we'll be in a greater place to withstand self-serving and invidious moralizing, reckless political reaction, and social censure of the ill and the loss of life.

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The authors stipulate that the good of the many must be weighed against the good of the individual patients. But framing the justification this way is to prove too much: What individual interest is there that could prove inviolable when weighed against the hypothetical good of the many, that is, of all others? The very approach here—that the good of the many is decisive—structures the issue prejudicially against individuals' interests. On such an approach the individual then bears the burden of proof as to why his or her interests should be respected as against the greater—by definition—interests of the general public.

Such counsel is questionable on a number of grounds. The authors stipulate that the good of the many must be weighed against the good of the individual patients. But framing the justification this way is to prove too much: What individual interest is there that could prove inviolable when weighed against the hypothetical good of the many, that is, of all others? The very approach here—that the good of the many is decisive—structures the issue prejudicially against individuals' interests. On such an approach the individual then bears the burden of proof as to why his or her interests should be respected as against the greater—by definition—interests of the general public.

Apart from the issue of disclosure to patients, Bergalis and her family also frequently expressed anger that there was no policy barrier to practice by dentists and other health-care workers with HIV-related conditions. In a letter to Florida health officials Bergalis once wrote: "I blame Dr. Acer and every single one of you bastards. Anyone who knew Dr. Acer was infected and had full-blown AIDS and stood by not doing a damn thing about it. You are all just as guilty as he was. You've ruined my life and my family's.

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