School of Law

Fall Semester 2013
Course, Casebook, and Assignment Listing Classes begin August 19, 2013

9200:703-001 Aultman Health Law IV: Bioethics

Req: Furrow, et al, Health Care Law and Ethics, 7th ed., West, 9780314279897

Req: Furrow, et al, Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, 7th ed., West, 9780314265098**


Beyond the Hippocratic Oath: Virtues, Principles, Duty to Treat

Read the following assignments which exposes you to the ethical theories and principles that we will be exploring throughout the course. The purpose of Immanuel Kant’s work is to expose you to a primary philosophical resource that details moral duties and The Categorical Imperative, which is used to this day in many decision-making frameworks. Following a theoretical introduction, including discussions surrounding the Hippocratic Oath (contemporary and historical versions), we will dig into the pragmatic and legal issues surrounding a Duty to Treat. Please be prepared to discuss these issues first day of class.

Readings that are not in your text are contained in the course packet that you must pick up at the Front Desk of the Dean’s office, including the course syllabus.

  • Furrow, Bioethics, Chapter 1, pages 1-27
  • Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals, Excerpts (Preface, Chapters 1 and 2) pp. 55-113, (on Blackboard). Translated by J. Patton, Harper Perennial Modern Thought, 2009.
    (Supplemental Reading)
  • Furrow, Cases, Chapter 8, Duty to Treat, pgs. 577-625
  • The Hippocratic Oath (Traditional Version and Contemporary Version)(Supplemental; will be covered in class)

Guiding Questions:

What should be the role of ethics in legal matters and practices?

How might ethical principles be similar to laws and regulations? How do they differ?

What role does Virtue have in professionalism and ethics in the clinical setting?

What are the benefits and burdens of Codes of Ethics? How should they be enforceable?

What are the limits to our obligations? Should the duty to treat be absolute?

Are the legal exceptions to a duty to treat warranted? Why or why not?

How might “rights” be linked to the concept of “duty”?


**Health Law: Cases and Materials and Problems, 7th ed., West 9780314265098 is required for the students who are enrolling/have enrolled in the Health Law Certificate Program.