The Basics of Bioethics

The Basics of Bioethics

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For health professional schools (Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health) and short undergraduate courses or course segments in Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Applied Ethics in departments of philosophy, religion, biology, and the social sciences.Brief text provides a balanced, systematic framework to help students analyze wide range of controversial topics in medicine. Considers ethical systems from various religious and secular traditions. Topics include history of codes of ethics, abortion, animal rights and welfare, confidentiality, truth-telling, informed consent, care of the terminally ill, genetics, birth technologies, and problems of social ethics, including resource allocation, organ transplant, and human subjects research.show more

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  • Paperback | 205 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 12mm | 281.23g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130991619
  • 9780130991614
  • 1,345,613

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Robert M. Veatch provides an introductory, comprehensive discussion of the major issues and theories in biomedical ethics. Developed from his own courses taught in schools of medicine and nursing, as well as undergraduate philosophy and religion courses, Veatch's text presents a systematic comparison of bioethical theory and examines the major issues faced in clinical and health policy settings. New to the Second Edition!New opening chapter summarizing ethical theory as precursor to work in bioethicsCompletely updated treatment of new developments in bioethics, including laws on euthanasia in The Netherlands, a discussion of the Gelsinger Case (on gene therapy), and stem cell researchNew chapter on methods for resolving conflict among competing ethical principlesAll-encompassing chart detailing four major questions in ethics and their respective answersNew chapter on virtues in the health professionsshow more

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"As a leader and pioneer in the field, Veatch is very solid in terms of accuracy." - Kyle Fedler, Ashland University"I've used the Veatch book in teaching bioethics in short courses to non-philosophy audiences: medical students, physical therapy students, physician assistants, etc. They like it very much. It is readable, accessible, and interesting. The examples are well-chosen and memorable. The topics are well-chosen and coverage [is] appropriate. The presentation is balanced and thought-provoking." - Leslie Pickering Francis, University of Utahshow more

About Robert M. Veatch

Robert M. Veatch, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Ethics and former director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, where he is also professor of philosophy and adjunct professor in the medical school. He has taught medical ethics at Georgetown, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Union College, and St. George's University School of Medicine. He was formerly Associate for Medical Ethics at the Hastings Center and is a registered pharmacist.show more

Table of contents

1. A Map of the Terrain of Ethics. 2. The Hippocratic Oath and Its Challengers: A Brief History. 3. Defining Death, Abortion, and Animal Welfare: The Basis of Moral Standing. 4. Problems in Benefiting and Avoiding Harm to the Patient. 5. The Ethics of Respect for Persons: Lying, Cheating, and Breaking Promises and Why Physicians Have Considered Them Ethical. 6. The Principle of Avoiding of Killing. 7. Death and Dying: The Incompetent Patient. 8. Social Ethics of Medicine: Allocation of Resources, Transplantation, and Human Subjects Research. 9. Human Control of Life: Genetics, Birth Technologies and Modifying Human Nature. 10. Resolving Conflicts Among Principles. 11. The Virtues in Bioethics. Appendix. Hippocratic Oath. Principles of Medical Ethics (2001))of the American Medical Association.show more

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