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The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and accessible introduction available, Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues. Lewis Vaughn offers students a truly unique hybrid text that combines introductory and explanatory material; a wide variety of current readings; classic and contemporary cases; and more robust pedagogy than any other text.
Opening with a thorough introduction to ethics, bioethics, and moral reasoning, Bioethics then covers influential moral theories and the criteria for evaluating them; this gives students the background to relate moral principles and theories to current controversies. Integrating seventy-seven readings, numerous cases, and abundant pedagogical tools, the book addresses the most provocative and controversial topics in bioethics, including paternalism and patient autonomy, truth-telling and confidentiality, informed consent, clinical trials, abortion, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, cloning, genetic testing, gene therapy, embryonic stem-cell dilemmas, cuthanasia and physician-as-sisted suicide, and the just allocation of health-care resources. With a lucid writing style and a focus on critical thinking that engages students and keeps them interested, Bioethics is ideal for courses in bioethics, biomedical ethics, and medical ethics. In addition, its modular structure gives instructors great flexibility in designing and teaching their courses.
"Bioethics is an excellent choice for courses in biomedical ethics. The readings are comprehensive and thought-provoking, there is ample support material for students, and Vaughn's text is engaging, descriptive, and clear."--David J. Paul, Western Michigan University
"The first two chapters are wonderful for providing background on some basic philosophical tools, ethical concepts, theories, and principles. Each subsequent chapter has clear, useful introductions and well-placed pedagogical tools highlighting important classic cases, legal briefs, and more."--Sara Schuman, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College
"The text is well designed, accessible, and a good combination of philosophical readings with feet-on-the-ground cases that are so important for teaching clinical students. It is less expensive than its comparators without sacrificing quality."--Stephen Hanson, University of Louisville
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Reviewer: E. Ann Jeschke, BSLA, MTS (Saint Louis University) Description: This second edition bioethics textbook is a valuable pedagogical tool for new students to the field. The book provides information on the main bioethics controversies. The initial two chapters also provide a helpful overview of the major forms of moral reasoning, moral theories, and critical thinking used in bioethics. Purpose: The purpose is to provide an in-depth understanding of the medical, social, scientific, and legal aspects of the most salient issues in bioethics. By including a new set of readings in this updated, second edition, the author seeks to place greater emphasis on concerns affecting a broader swath of healthcare professions. Audience: It is intended for use as a standard introductory textbook in the bioethics classroom. Although it is an introduction to the concepts of bioethics, it also serves as an excellent resource for advanced students looking for a consolidated reference. However, the book is quite theoretical in nature, and health professionals who are less versed in abstract debates and more experienced in the daily aspects of healthcare delivery may find it difficult to read and apply the concepts. Features: An overview of basic concepts in moral philosophy begins the book before it delves into specific controversies that emerge in the field of bioethics: paternalism and patient autonomy, truth-telling and confidentiality, informed consent, human research, abortion, reproductive technology, genetic choices, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, and dividing healthcare resources. Each chapter includes a general overview of a specific topic as well as previously published articles highlighting different sides of the debate. To assist teachers of bioethics, the book includes extensive ancillary information on each of the nine topics, including additional reading, a list of key terms, and a variety of illustrations that help elucidate concepts. Assessment: This book is very helpful for beginning students in bioethics, as it covers an enormous amount of intellectual territory and it offers excellent supporting materials.
Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several books, including Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life (2012), Contemporary Moral Arguments, Second Edition (2012), The Power of Critical Thinking, Fourth Edition (2012), and Great Philosophical Arguments (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.