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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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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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521008860
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Introduction to the Study of Ethics in the Biological and Health Sciences
The Ethics Movement in the Biological and Health Sciences: A New Voyage of Discovery 3
Sect. II The Roots of Honor and Integrity in Science
The Roots of Honor and Integrity in Science: Historical Themes in the Practical Ethics of Research 21
The Ethical Basis of Science 29
Self-Deception and Gullibility 42
Sect. III The Responsible Conduct of Research
The Responsible Conduct of Biological and Health Research 57
The Pathogenesis of Fraud in Medical Science 64
Science, Statistics, and Deception 68
Innovation and Integrity in Biomedical Research 71
Preventing Scientific Misconduct 78
Sect. IV The Ethics of Authorship and Publication
Ethical Practices in the Publication of Research Results 89
An Ethical Code for Scientists 97
Irresponsible Authorship and Wasteful Publication 105
Reporting Provocative Results: Can We Publish "Hot" Papers without Getting Burned? 109
ORI Provides Working Definition of Plagiarism 113
Sect. V Research with Human Beings
Research with Human Beings 117
The Nuremberg Code 126
The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research 128
False Hopes and Best Data: Consent to Research and the Therapeutic Misconception 139
Declaration of Helsinki: Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects 148
Sect. VI Ethics in Epidemiologic Research
Ethical Issues in Epidemiologic Research 155
Protection of Research Subjects: Do Special Rules Apply in Epidemiology? 164
Limitations in the Use of Race in the Study of Disease Causation 175
Sect. VII The Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research
The Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research 183
Beastly Conduct: Ethical Issues in Animal Experimentation 192
Recognition and Alleviation of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals 203
2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia 207
Sect. VIII Management of and Access to Scientific Data
Ethical Issues in Data Acquisition, Access, and Management 221
Sharing Research Data 229
Retention of and Access to Research Data 231
Guidelines on Research Data and Reports 236
Sect. IX The Work of the Academic Scientist
The Work of the Academic Scientist 247
Enlarging the Perspective 255
Obstacles to Collegiality in the Academic Health Center 263
Integrity in the Education of Researchers 267
Administrative Case Rounds: Institutional Policies and Leaders Cast in a Different Light 274
Sect. X The Scientist and Industry
The Scientist and Industry: Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment 281
Patenting Life: Summary, Policy Issues, and Options for Congressional Action 290
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Corporate Gifts Supporting Life Sciences Research 298
Sect. XI The Scientist in Society
The Scientist in Society: Interactions, Expectations, and Obligations 313
Summary Statement of the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules 320
Scientific Basis for the Support of Biomedical Science 327
Genetics and Human Malleability 341
Sect. XII Cases for Discussion
Using Cases in the Study of Ethics 349
Index 365
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