VII.1 The organization of healthcare

1.1.3 Allocation of available resources and scarcity Scarcity of healthcare resources or facilities can occur in various situations. Obvious situations are war situations, both at the front and in cities where there have been many (civilian) casualties after bombardment or shelling, or during a pandemic. In war situations there will be a particular need for …

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IV.3.4 Xenotransplantation

Xenotransplantation concerns the transplantation of an organ or tissue of a given type of animal to another type of animal or to a human being. This type of transplantation has gained interest because of the shortage of human organ donations. At the end of the 20th century there was great enthusiasm about xenotransplantation, especially because …

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IV.1.5 Preventive Medicine

F.J. van Ittersum and L.J.M. Hendriks 1.5.1 Preventive diagnostics and preventive treatment Shift from emphasis on therapeutic to preventive medicine in the 20th century In the second half of the 20th century, the focus in medicine shifted more towards prevention and early detection of diseases, even though much of the attention of doctors and …

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Information on authors of chapters available online His Eminence Willem Jacobus Cardinal Eijk, MD PhD, STL, is Archbishop of Utrecht. He completed his medical studies with a MD. Degree in 1978. After his medical training, he began his specialization training in internal medicine, but, before completing his specialization, he switched to philosophical and theological studies, …

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Preface to on-line texts (as of 2023)

After the introduction of the first edition in 2014, the Manual of Catholic Medical Ethics has found its way to many interested parties: medics, moral theologians, priest students and other students, among others. It is in use as a study book and reference work. The printed version from 2014 is still remarkably up-to-date. In a …

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