Birth to Death: Science and Bioethics / Edition 1

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Overview

The explosive growth of science and medicine in recent times has raised a host of ethical issues. This book reviews major advances in biology and medicine and explores their ethical implications. Organized by stage of human life—from birth to death—it guides the reader through the critical issues that face our technologically advanced society. Each section contains a sketch of the scientific research in a particular field and then discusses the issues that challenge our ethical and moral principles, social frameworks, and public policies. A world-class group of contributors from biology, medicine, technology, and ethics probe controversial topics such as genetic research, transplantation, reproductive technologies, prolonging life and euthanasia, and research on animals and humans. The essays are concise, to the point, and deliberately free of jargon, and the entire work is framed by an introduction and postscript that point the way to the major questions. This book is the perfect introduction for novice readers with general or specific questions about the ethical issues raised by the rapid advance of science and technology. David Thomasma has written many books on medical ethics including For the Patient's Good and Euthanasia: Toward an Ethical Social Policy. He and Thomasine Kushner are the editors of the journal Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...this book covers a diverse range of topics...can be recommended as a helpful and succinct introduction to important topics...it gives readers up-to-date knowledge..." Canadian Medical Association Journal

"Birth to Death can be recommended as a helpful and succint introduction to important topics in advanced technologic medicine; it gives readers up-to-date knowledge of these topics and covers the ethical issues in a general way." Philip C. Hebert, MD, PhD, Canadian Medical Association Journal

William R. Hendee
This book addresses several of the ethical controversies and consequences of scientific advancement in healthcare. Topics include euthanasia, research on humans and animals, organ transplantation, and the prolongation of life. The intent is to present current bioethical questions and conundrums in a knowledgeable and objective manner. This purpose is certainly worthwhile, and it is achieved very well in the introduction, 33 chapters, and postscript comprising the book. The book is written principally for the educated layperson. However, it is also highly appropriate for physicians and others in healthcare interested in an up-to-date analysis of current bioethical issues by authors who are all recognized authorities in their fields. The book contains one illustration and one table. This is not a major deficiency, as one expects mainly text in a bioethics book. Each chapter is preceded by a one-paragraph Editors' Summary and is followed by a short Suggestions for Further Reading. The book is pleasing in appearance. The index is adequate but not comprehensive. This book covers topics of significant interest to the public, especially to persons interacting at the interface with caregivers. It is written to be understood by the educated layperson. I hope to find this book in commercial bookstores as well as in those affiliated with universities and medical centers. The book provides excellent coverage of controversial bioethical issues at the scientific forefront of healthcare delivery. Persons interested in those issues will find the book highly interesting and rewarding.
From The Critics
Reviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book addresses several of the ethical controversies and consequences of scientific advancement in healthcare. Topics include euthanasia, research on humans and animals, organ transplantation, and the prolongation of life.
Purpose: The intent is to present current bioethical questions and conundrums in a knowledgeable and objective manner. This purpose is certainly worthwhile, and it is achieved very well in the introduction, 33 chapters, and postscript comprising the book.
Audience: The book is written principally for the educated layperson. However, it is also highly appropriate for physicians and others in healthcare interested in an up-to-date analysis of current bioethical issues by authors who are all recognized authorities in their fields.
Features: The book contains one illustration and one table. This is not a major deficiency, as one expects mainly text in a bioethics book. Each chapter is preceded by a one-paragraph Editors' Summary and is followed by a short Suggestions for Further Reading. The book is pleasing in appearance. The index is adequate but not comprehensive.
Assessment: This book covers topics of significant interest to the public, especially to persons interacting at the interface with caregivers. It is written to be understood by the educated layperson. I hope to find this book in commercial bookstores as well as in those affiliated with universities and medical centers. The book provides excellent coverage of controversial bioethical issues at the scientific forefront of healthcare delivery. Persons interested in those issues will find the book highly interesting and rewarding.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521555562
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Developmental and Cell Biology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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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