A wide range of topics and issues are addressed in this anthology. Many of the articles are written by authors whose views are important, carefully reasoned, appreciative of other perspectives, and presented with understanding of both the theoretical and practical issues at stake. However, other articles are either too short to do justice to the topics under discussion, or are lacking in a scholarly, balanced presentation of the positions they defend.
The articles fall roughly into three categories: (1) those discussing philosophical problems concerning the ascription of rights, (2) those discussing specific issues of rights in health care, and (3) those highly critical of current medical practice in general, and of the roles of physicians and nurses in particular. In category 1, authors express different points of view on the philosophical issues of what a right is and how rights are justified. Devoting the first of the four sections to