Birth to Death

Birth to Death : Science and Bioethics

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Biology has been advancing with explosive pace over the last few years and in so doing has raised a host of ethical issues. This book, aimed at the general reader, reviews the major advances of recent years in biology and medicine and explores their ethical implications. From birth to death the reader is taken on a tour of human biology - covering genetics, reproduction, development, transplantation, aging, dying and also the use of animals in research and the impact of human populations on this planet. In each chapter there is a sketch of a field's most recent scientific advances, combined with discussions of the ethical and moral principles and implications for social frameworks and public policy raised by those advances. Anybody interested or concerned about the ethical dilemmas caused by advances in science and medicine should read this book.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152.1 x 227.8 x 24.9mm | 639.33g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 0521555566
  • 9780521555562
  • 1,781,063

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'The authors of this text have done a good job.' Roy Calne, Elsevier Science
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Table of contents

Part I. Introduction David C. Thomasma and Thomasine Kushner: Part II. Genetics: 1. Genetics: a scientific sketch Karen Dawson; 2. The genetic revolution Daniel Callahan; 3. Genetic knowledge: some legal and ethical questions Robert Schwartz; Part III. Reproductive Technologies: 4. The 'Art' of medically-assisted reproduction: an embryo is an embryo is an embryo Michael E. McClure; 5. 'O brave new world': rationality in reproduction Albert R. Jonsen; 6. Reproduction, abortion and rights Rosamond Rhodes; Part IV. Children and Women in Health Care: 7. The critically ill neonate James M Adams; 8. Medical technology and the child Amnon Goldworth; 9. On caring for children Mary Mahowald; Part V. Transpantation: 10. Clinical transplantation Robert Sells; 11. Transplantation and ethics Raanan Gillon; 12. Legalizing payment for transplantable cadaveric organs James F. Blumstein; 13. Part VI. Aging: 14. Scientific advances in aging John Morley; 15. Ethics and aging George Agich; 16. People with dementia: a moral challenge Stephen Post; Part VII. Prolonging Life/Death: 17. Personal dying and medical death Steven Miles; 18. Stopping futile medical treatment: ethical issues Nancy Jecker and Lawrence J. Schneiderman; 19. The sorcerer's broom: medicine's rampant technology Eric J. Cassell; Part VIII. Care of the Dying: 20. Modern technology and care of the dying Ronald E Cranford; 21. Care of the dying from an ethics perspective T. Patrick Hill; Part IX. Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: 22. Euthanasia and assisted suicide Pieter Admiraal; 23. Physician- sssisted suicide: progress or peril? Christine Cassel; 24. 'I will give no deadly drug': why doctors must not kill Leon Kass; 25. Voluntary euthanasia and other medical end-of-life decisions: doctors should be permitted to give death a helping hand Helga Kuhse; Part X. Humans as Research Subjects: 26. Humans as research subjects Herman Wigodsky and Sue Keir Hoppe; 27. Research involving children as subjects Robert J. Levine; 28. Future challenges of medical research review boards Charles R. McKay; Part XI. Using Animals in Research: 29. Animals in research Franklin Loew; 30. Taking duties seriously: medical experimentation, animal rights and moral incoherence Daniel A. Moros; 31. Animal rights and social practices Ted Benton; Part XII. The Environment: 32. The science of the environment Andrew Pullin; 33. Environmental ethics Andrew Dobson; 34. Human activity and environment ethics Andrew Jameton; Part XIII. Postscript David C. Thomasma and Thomasine Kushner.
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