Bioethics: The Basics

Bioethics: The Basics

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Bioethics: The Basics is an introduction to the foundational principles, theories and issues in the study of medical and biological ethics. Readers are introduced to bioethics from the ground up before being invited to consider some of the most controversial but important questions facing us today. Topics addressed include:

the range of moral theories underpinning bioethics
arguments for the rights and wrongs of abortion, euthanasia and animal research
health care ethics including the nature of the practitioner-patient relationship
public policy ethics and the implications of global and public health
`3 parents', enhancement, incidental findings and nudge approaches in health care.

This thoroughly revised second edition provides a concise, readable and authoritative introduction for anyone interested in the study of bioethics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19.05mm | 118g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415790301
  • 9780415790307
  • 2,053,924

Table of contents




1 What is bioethics?

What is bioethics?


What about the law?



How to use this book

Resources and further reading

2 Moral theories


Counting the consequences

Doing one's duty

Being a good person - virtue ethics

Brotherhood and sisterhood - communitarianism

Live free or die - libertarianism

A balancing act - the four principles

Resources and further reading


3 Perspectives


Gendered agendas - feminist approaches

To care or not to care?

Culture and religion


Resources and further reading


4 Clinical ethics


The clinical relationship - a conspiracy against the laity?

Life before birth

Transplantation and regenerative medicine

Mental health

The end of life

After death


Resources and further reading


5 Research


Research ethics

Research integrity

Research and the future


Resources and further reading


6 Justice


Public health ethics

Fair access and the paradox of health care

Global inequity in health

Global survival

Resources and further reading





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Review quote

'With clarity and an emphasis on case studies and practical reasoning Professor Campbell gently guides the reader through many of the fascinating current issues in bioethics in a concise, accessible, highly engaging and intelligible way. This little book is an essential first stop for anyone interested in bioethics and medical ethics, either as a student, teacher, healthcare practitioner.'

Rebecca Bennett, University of Manchester, UK.

'This second edition lives up to its title by giving the basics without becoming perfunctory or partisan. It has a light touch without being superficial. It gets into thorny issues while remaining unscratched. Impressive.'

Russell DiSilvestro, Chair Department of Philosophy, California State University, USA.
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About Alastair V. Campbell

Alastair V. Campbell, FRSE, is Emeritus Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, founding editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, formerly President of the International Association of Bioethics, and an H. K. Beecher Awardee of the Hastings Center, NY.
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