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When faced with this hard dilemma, the article suggests that is use Rule Utilitarianism and Kantian Deontology, to help me solve the problem of weather this justifiable or morally incorrect. Rule Utilitarianism basically reads that “a person ought to act in accordance with the the rule that, if generally followed, would produce the greatest balance of good over evil.”(Mappes & Degrazia, 13) According to this, if anyone faces a moral dilemma, they should always try to sort of do a Cost/Benefits analysis on the outcomes of their actions versus the good that they would cause. So even today when I was debating if or not I should personally write my research essay, or, pay somebody else to write my essay for me, it took me all of 30 second to decides that even though I might not like what i would be doing for the next three to four hours, part of me know that the happiness i would get from it was unparalleled to anything. However, now, if you look at the Kantian Deontology, you will find a lot of things that are different. What this theory of morality says is the outcomes are not at all important, but your duty hold precedence over anything. Similar to Rule Utilitarianism, this theory of morality says that any act, as long as it complies with a rule, is morally justified.
When we think about this problem in a rule utilitarian way, we have to abide by the rules which clearly state that the patient has the final say in what treatment is going to be used on them.
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Most of the times this problem is not even valid due to the fact that most patients with cancer usually tend to abide by the will of their doctor however, in recent times, patients neglect think that the doctor has complete knowledge of the situation and the fact that he does have a degree and has had an education. Granted that there are a few doctors that mess up this trust that patients have in them, those types of doctors are maybe one in a million. And most of the doctors that stoop down to such cheap levels to harm their patients are mostly in third world countries, with a blind love of money, however Dr. Lowell is nowhere close to that.
There's a certain policy called informed consent Which basically states that a doctor has to inform his or her patient about the sort of treatment that they are going to be giving their patient and the patient voluntarily has to accept the form of treatment. In Mrs. Jackson's case, Dr. LOL when he first diagnosed Mr. Jackson with cancer had recommended that should go through a dosage of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Mrs. Jackson's thought that The stage of cancer which she was at was not required to go through chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Hence, this is Jackson did not consent to having this treatment however did start on a highly fiber-based diet including lots of water. Nobody really wants to blame in this situation however I think that Dr. Lowell out shows to follow the more rule utilitarian way of dealing with this issue in abiding by what the patient wants where is pronouncing her mental instability as cause for taking over the power of attorney on her medical decisions. It really is one person's decision on which serious morality they choose to go by however ethically most doctors do Trent tend to prefer the rule utilitarian him because it does coincide most of the time with the rules of society and the rules of their practice.
Nobody can ever say whether the decision that the doctor made was moral or not, but everyone can realize that it is the person’s choice to pick whatever seems fit for him or her top do. This is exactly what happened in the case of Mrs. Jackson and Mr. Lowell. Is the doctor able to , or not able to, accuse his patient mental instability to go about the treatment as he sees fit. Is this an invasion of the patient’s wants and desire for a certain way of treatment? Or does the doctor have moral rights to do anything and everything even though it is against the patient’s wishes. What do you think?
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