Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2007 - 545 pages
Bioethics: An Introduction To The History, Methods, And Practice Is One Of The Only Texts To Cover The History, Methodology, And Practice Of Bioethics. The Text Is Broken Into Three Sections. The First Addresses The History Of Bioethics, Explaining Its Emergence As Discipline And Discourse. The Second Looks Carefully At Ethical Reasoning And The Justification Of Moral Beliefs, And The Final Section Asks Students To Turn A Critical Eye To The Topics Of Bioethics, Including Ethical Issues That Arise At The Beginning And End Of Life. Bioethics Is Ideal For Both Graduate Students And Professional Students In Law, Medicine, Nursing Or Other Health-Related Fields Who Will Face Bioethical Issues In Future Careers.
 

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This is an excellent introduction to bioethics! It provides not only a solid coverage of topics (abortion, prenatal genetics, assisted reproductive technologies, withholding treatment, informed consent, physician assisted death, etc.), which is typical of introductory books, but also coverage of methods of ethical analysis and the historical context in which the topics and methods arose. The result is a far more sophisticated "introduction" for the more advanced student. The book would work very well for advanced undergraduates, and for graduate and professional students who need the basics but want a subtler approach.
Compared to the first edition, the second edition is a stand alone textbook. It need not be paired with any other book to provide all the essential elements of key concepts and controversies in the field.
 

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this book good for student biomedical science to read. have the most basic principle about bioethics

Contents

A History of Bioethics as Discipline and Discourse
3
The Emergence of Bioethics as Discipline
17
What Price Relieving Mans Estate?
23
Who Shall Live When Not All Can Live?
35
James E Childress
44
Ethical Dilemmas
53
Active and Passive Euthanasia
64
In the Matter of Karen Quinlan
70
Latest Battle over
232
Ethics Consultation
245
What Ethics Committees
256
A National Survey
263
Cultural Assumptions in Bioethical Methods
279
Bioethics and Human Rights in the Global Era
293
Ethical Topics at the Beginning of Life
323
Reproductive Technologies
350

Cultural Assumptions in the History of Bioethics
81
Dimensions
99
The Challenge of Ethical Relativism
111
James Rachels
118
The Methods of Philosophy Casuistry
132
Principles of Biomedical Ethics Selection
147
A Critique of Principlism
153
Casuistry
164
Casuistry and Clinical Ethics
171
Two Different Approaches to Contextual
183
Narrative and Medicine
202
The Challenge of Using Methods in Clinical
226
The Presumptive Primacy of Procreative Liberty
358
Feminist Ethics and In Vitro Fertilization
369
Genetics and Reproduction
382
Reproductive Freedom and the Prevention of Harm
390
Ethical Topics at the End of Life
400
Natural Death Act
427
The Failure of the Living Will
440
Eighth Annual Report on Oregons Death With Dignity Act
457
Washington State
472
Cultural Assumptions in the Practice of Bioethics
503
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