Autonomy: 1. Does the concept of autonomy impair the dispensation of adequate care? What are some of the issues that may arise when autonomy is understood as "non-interference"? Are there any

justifications that can be made for pursuing a course of treatment when it is against the patient's wishes? Do you agree with Ackerman's assertion that "true respect for a patient's autonomy may require the physician to intervene, to deviate from the patient's stated preferences? 2. Discuss the impact of moral relativism on medical practice. Should medical professionals disregard a patient's religious values in the pursuit of treatment? What should doctors do when a patient refuses treatment (either for themselves or their children) on religious grounds? Should the wishes of parents be respected if they, for example, refuse to vaccinate their child on moral or religious grounds?