The fifth chapter of edition #6 of Beauchamp and Childress's Principles of Biomedical Ethics is a comprehensive evaluation of the biomedical principle of nonmaleficence. In fact, this chapter is titled "Nonmaleficence". This chapter is so thorough the LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOGger has recognized that assigning one blog post only for analysis would be inadequate. Thus, I plan to revisit this chapter - and all other chapters - in future blog posts by penning a blog post for each section of each chapter. Brief comments on this chapter are as follows: the focus of the authors on "valid authorization" in discussions of physician-assisted suicide and withholding treatment and withdrawing treatment is consistent with the focus of libertarian theory on voluntary acts, the authors calling tax evaders "unscrupulous persons" in a section mentioning slippery-slope problems is absurd, and the authors condemnation of Jack Kevorkian for "unjustified" physician-assisted suicide (while supporting "justified" physician-assisted suicide) is arbitrarily based on process rather than principle.
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Don Stacy is a 43 yo libertarian writer and physician and bioethics graduate student. His articles have been published by multiple libertarian-themed websites. He practices medicine as a radiation oncologist in Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.