An Introduction to Bioethics: Fourth Edition - Revised and Updated / Edition 4

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This fourth edition of An Introduction to Bioethics provides an introductory survey of various complex bioethical issues facing contemporary society. The book's two authors are grounded in clinical experience, academic scholarship, and years of teaching experience in the field of bioethics.

This balanced presentation offers multiple perspectives on a wide range of areas from the beginning of life to the end of life, including such highly debated topics as abortion, reproductive technology, stem-cell research and other biotechnologies, organ transplantation, human-subject research, euthanasia, and a whole earth ethic.

The reader of this book will become more aware of the significant debates in bioethics, more conversant with the vocabulary to enter into a thoughtful discussion on the topics, and better equipped to formulate judgments regarding today's most controversial societal issues and concerns. Extensive bibliographies and endnotes provide avenues for further study.

An Introduction to Bioethics can serve as an excellent text for undergraduate studies by providing a firm foundation to launch class discussions and research assignments, as well as a helpful guide for the reader who is just beginning the journey into the tumultuous field of bioethics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809146239
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 568,402
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I General Issues

1 Introduction: What Is Bioethics? 3

2 Technology, Nature, and Responsibility 13

3 Ethical Issues and Theories 28

4 Common Terms Used in Bioethics 39

Part II Issues Early in Life

5 Abortion 67

6 Reproductive Technologies 89

7 Early Diagnosis of Genetic Anomalies 107

Part III Issues at the End of Life

8 Definitions of Death 129

9 Forgoing and Withdrawing Treatment 144

10 Euthanasia 168

11 Physician-Assisted Suicide 184

Part IV Issues in Biotechnology

12 Genetic Engineering: Nonhuman Organisms 201

13 Genetic Engineering: Human Beings 231

14 Cell-Based Biotechnologies 250

Part V Other Specific Problems

15 Organ and Tissue Transplantation 273

16 Research on Human Subjects 290

17 A Whole Earth Ethic 302

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