[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.166.74.94. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
September 18, 1981

Justice and Health Care

Author Affiliations

Georgia State University Atlanta

 

edited by Earl E. Shelp (Philosophy and Medicine, vol 8, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr, and Stuart F. Spicker, eds), 238 pp, $31.50, paper $14.95, Dordrecht, Holland, D. Reidel Publishing Co (Hingham, MA 02043 [190 Old Derby St], Kluwer Boston), 1981.

JAMA. 1981;246(12):1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320120060036

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

This anthology examines the principle of justice and attempts to trace its implications for health care. The first of three sections contains four essays, which discuss the historical and conceptual backgrounds of the principle of justice. Section 2 is concerned with applying the principle of justice to the care of individuals and classes of persons. Section 3, the largest section in the book, focuses on questions of a broader nature, eg, how is a just society to allocate its resources, and, once certain goods have been earmarked for health care, how should those resources be distributed?

One can only wonder as to the audience for which this book is intended. So far as the book is concerned, justice and health care is an all-important issue, but whether the book is perceived as having merit will depend, in large measure, on the character of the audience. If the editor intends it

×