The Ethical Dimensions of the Biological and Health Sciences / Edition 2

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This is the second edition of a highly successful and well-received textbook on the responsible conduct of biomedical and health science research. It is aimed at faculty and graduate students in health science and biomedical science programs. In addition, those on National Institute of Health research grants, administrators at universities, and academic health centers will find it a useful resource. The major changes include new chapters providing overviews of each topic, several new published articles added to the readings, revised case studies as well as further readings and web addresses.

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"Timely and comprehensive..." Journal of the American Medical Association

"...the editors have selected high-quality essays, and the discussion questions that follow are uniformly insightful and provocative." Isis

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A textbook for a course now mandatory in programs funded by the National Institutes of Health for beginning graduate students who will be conducting research in the medical and biological sciences. Essays, readings, and questions are designed to stimulate thinking about ethical issues and implications, rather than to set out a strict set of rules. No date is noted for the first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521008860
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction to the Study of Ethics in the Biological and Health Sciences: 1. The ethics movement in the biological and health sciences: a new voyage of discovery; Part II. The Roots of Honor and Integrity in Science: 2. The roots of honor and integrity in science: historical themes in the practical ethics of research; 3. The ethical basis of science; 4. Self-deception and gullibility; Part III. The Responsible Conduct of Research: 5. The responsible conduct of biological and health research; 6. The pathogenesis of fraud in medical science; 7. Science, statistics, and deception; 8. Innovation and integrity in medical research; 9. Preventing scientific misconduct; Part IV. The Ethics of Authorship and Publication: 10. Ethical practices in the publication of research results; 11. An ethical code for scientists; 12. Irresponsible authorship and wasteful publication; 13. Reporting provocative results: can we publish 'hot' papers without getting burned? 14. ORI provides working definition of plagiarism; Part V. Research with Human Beings: 15. Research with human beings; 16. The Nuremberg code; 17. The Belmont report: ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research; 18. False hopes and best data: consent to research and the therapeutic misconception; 19. Declaration of Helsinki: ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects; Part VI. Ethics in Epidemiologic Research: 20. Ethical issues in epidemiologic research; 21. Protection of research subjects: do specific rules apply in epidemiology research?; 22. Limitations in the use of race in the study of disease causation; Part VII. The Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research: 23. The humane care and use of animals in research; 24. Beastly conduct: ethical issues in animal experimentation; 25. Recognition and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals; 26. Report of the AVMA panel on euthanasia; Part VIII. Management of and Access to Scientific Data: 27. Ethical issues in data acquisitions, access, and management; 28. Sharing research data; 29. Retention of and access to research data; 30. Guidelines on research data and reports; Part IX. The Work of the Academic Scientist: 31. The work of the academic scientist; 32. Enlarging the perspective; 33. Obstacles to collegiality in the academic health center; 34. Integrity in the education researchers; 35. Administrative case rounds; Part X. The Scientist and Industry: 36. Conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment; 37. Patenting life: summary, policy issues, and options for congressional action; 38. Looking a gift horse in the mouth: corporate gifts supporting life sciences research; Part XI. The Scientist in Society: 39. The scientist in society: interactions, expectations, and obligations; 40 Asilomar conference on recombinant DNA molecules: summary statement; 41. Scientific basis for the support of biomedical science; 42. Genetics and human malleability; Part XII. Cases for Discussion: 43. Using cases in the study of ethics.

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