The paper "Analysis of Chris’ s Decision to Have Surgery" is a great example of medical science coursework. Cosmetic surgery has gained root in recent years. Many people across the world are opting for this kind of surgery to change and adjust parts of their bodies as a way of self-improvement. This trend has as well elicited mixed reactions from different quarters on its eligibility and appropriateness. The paper deliberates on various aspects relating to the topic of cosmetic surgery. The case study of Chris is adopted to enhance this discussion. Analysis of Chris’ s decision to have surgery Chris's nose had caused him unhappiness and dissatisfaction for a long time.
He decided to undergo cosmetic surgery despite the fact that there were no medical reasons supporting the surgery. Chris has regained his confidence after the surgery and now contemplating undergoing another surgery such as the lifting of eyelids. Other people including his father, mother and friends have as well provided their opinions about the surgery. Chris as an individual has a right to make the decision that he wants. Therefore, deciding to undertake surgery on his nose to me was something that was up to him.
This decision can be best explained by incorporating ethical theories. Ethics are principles concerned with what is wrong and/or right. An individual has the discretion to either choose to do right or wrong (Brenkert 2008, p. 14). Ethics as well as encompass sets of rules for good behavior (Peneloza, Toulouse & Visconti 2012, p. 12). One of the theories that best help to enhance the decision that Chris took is Kant deontology theory. According to Kant, a good thing is known and evaluated through individual goodwill.
Therefore, to determine whether the behaviour of an individual is morally right it is important to look at the motive of the person engaging in the act. An individual that acts from goodwill acts from duty as they adhere to the universal moral law (Yallop & Mowatt 2014, p. 35). Such individuals, therefore, reflect on the means and not just the ends. Going back to the decision that Chris took, it is clear that he understood what it would take him to undergo the surgery.
The fact that his nose was not making him happy; he could regain his happiness through the surgery. After understanding, the need and the important the surgery will bring to his life he took some time to carry out an investigation just to find out about the surgery and the best place that it can be done. He read widely and consulted and therefore the motivation was the facelift on his self-esteem. Furthermore, Chris actions are supported by teleology theory that states that people goals justify their actions. According to this theory, results justify the course of action taken (Peneloza, Toulouse & Visconti 2012, p.
14). Chris was justified as he focused on the ultimate goals of achieving what he wanted- a nose structure that would bring happiness to him. Therefore, the end, in this case, justified the means. The mother of Chris opposed Chris decisions to undergo surgery. The experience of a football wife who succumbed after undergoing surgery reminded her of the effects of the surgery. According to her, she is not for the surgery for fear of the effects that may arise.
On the other hand, the father is not sure whether the surgery is a right or wrong thing but accepts the decision of Chris. The father trusts the decision of the doctors and is convinced that it is not a bad procedure considering that thousands of people have undergone the same procedure. Chris friend has self-esteem and believes in himself hence do not see the need for surgery. .All the views from these people follow a logical process as well as an ethical theory.
They are made through a perception of what is wrong and right. Those supporting the procedure believe that it is the right action while that opposed belief is contrary.
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