Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases

Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases
  • eBook:
    Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases
  • Author:
    Lewis Vaughn
  • Edition:
    3 edition
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  • Data:
    July 15, 2016
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  • Pages:
    832 pages
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Book Description
Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases, Third Edition, explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues. Opening with a thorough introduction to ethics, bioethics, and moral reasoning, it then covers influential moral theories and the criteria for evaluating them. Integrating eighty-nine readings--twelve of them new to this edition--numerous classic bioethical cases, and abundant pedagogical tools, this text addresses the most provocative and controversial topics in bioethics.


"Classic Case Files" describe landmark cases that shaped the debate, while news-making "Cases for Evaluation" encourage students to form their own opinions

Various text boxes: "In Depth" boxes contain additional material, illustrations, or analyses, much of it "ripped from the headlines"; "Fact File" boxes provide statistics on the social, medical, and scientific facets of a chapter's topic; and "Legal Brief" boxes summarize important court rulings and the status of major legislation

"Key Terms" are boldfaced and boxed off within the text and then defined in a glossary at the back of the book

"Applying Major Theories" sections at the end of each chapter help students relate theories to the issues


Part 1. Principles and Theories
Chapter 1. moral reasoning in bioethics
Chapter 2. bioethics and moral theories

Part 2. Medical Professional and Patient
Chapter 3. paternalism and patient autonomy
Chapter 4. truth-telling and confidentiality
Chapter 5. informed consent
Chapter 6. human research

Part 3. Life and Death
Chapter 7. abortion
Chapter 8. reproductive technology
Chapter 9. genetic choices
Chapter 10. euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

Part 4. Justice and Health Care
Chapter 11. dividing up health care resources

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