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Abstract 摘要

H. Tristram Engelhardt indicates that the ontological or metaphysical account of the family is superior to the libertarian-liberal account of the family with respect to significant issues in bioethics. By appealing to the development of the concept of informed consent and relevant medical laws and institutions, illustrated by examples from China, this essay supports Engelhardt’s view and emphasizes the cultural and ethical importance of the family functioning as a whole in the process of proper medical decision making and the protection of the fundamental interest of the patient.

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