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This well-balanced text introduces students to the field of bioethics from a Canadian perspective. Primarily descriptive and analytical in its approach, the text presents the major positions of each topic from scientific, medical, legal, and ethical perspectives. Each chapter presents a comprehensive treatment of the topics in question, and a bibliography identifies the key works for students who wish to do further study. After reading this text, students will have the necessary tools to formulate and defend their own positions on bioethical more

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  • Paperback
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 703.06g
  • Prentice-Hall (Canada)
  • Prentice Hall Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 0133280977
  • 9780133280975

Table of contents

Introduction. I. FRAMEWORK.  1. Bioethics: Past and Present.  2. Bioethics: Issues, Fields and Method.  3. Bioethics and Law.  4. The Canadian Health Care System.  5. The Relationships between Doctors, Nurses and Patients At the Beginning of Life. II. AT THE BEGINNING OF LIFE.  6. When People Cannot Conceive a Child: The Reproductive Technologies.  7. When People Fear Giving Birth to a Malformed Child: Genetic Counselling, Prenatal Diagnosis, and Fetal Therapy.  8. When People Do Not Want a Child: Abortion.  9. When People Are Unable to Parent: Sterilization of the Intellectually Disabled. III. WHEN HUMAN HEALTH AND LIFE ARE THREATENED. 10. When a New Epidemic Occurs: The Ethics of HIV Infection and AIDS. 11. When People Are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill. IV. ETHICS AND PSYCHIATRY. 12. When Patients Are Old: The Ethical Dilemmas of Caring for the Elderly. 13. When Treatments Are Uncertain: The Ethics of Research with Human Beings. 14. When Resources Are Limited: The Ethics of Allocation. V. AT THE END OF LIFE. 15. When the Death of Some Means Life for Others: Transplantation Ethics. 16. When Life-Prolonging Treatment Is Questionable: The Ethics of Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment. 17. When People Ask for Death: The Ethics of Euthanasia. VI. BIOETHICS: ON THE FRONTIERS. 18. Bioethics on the Frontiers of the Human Genome Project. 19. The Future of more