The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape

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Overview

Stem cell research. Drug company influence. Abortion. Contraception. Long-term and end-of-life care. Human participants research. Informed consent. The list of ethical issues in science, medicine, and public health is long and continually growing. These complex issues pose a daunting task for professionals in the expanding field of bioethics. But what of the practice of bioethics itself? What issues do ethicists and bioethicists confront in their efforts to facilitate sound moral reasoning and judgment in a variety of venues? Are those immersed in the field capable of making the right decisions? How and why do they face moral challenge—and even compromise—as ethicists? What values should guide them? In The Ethics of Bioethics, Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Felicia G. Cohn tackle these questions head on, bringing together notable medical ethicists and people outside the discipline to discuss common criticisms, the field’s inherent tensions, and efforts to assign values and assess success. Through twenty-five lively essays examining the field’s history and trends, shortcomings and strengths, and the political and policy interplay within the bioethical realm, this comprehensive book begins a much-needed critical and constructive discussion of the moral landscape of bioethics.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

JAMA
Without question, The Ethics of Bioethics is a must-read for all persons involved with bioethics. This well-written, well-organized paperback seeks to analyze the many facets of ethics in the field of bioethics.
Metapsychology
The editors have compiled a cogent collection that signifies an important contribution to bioethics that is reflective of the complexity and importance of the field.

— Mark Dietrich Tschaepe

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Anyone who takes bioethics seriously will find much to applaud.

— William E. Stempsey

American Journal of Bioethics
The strength of the volume is not that it answers questions of the ethics of bioethics, but rather that it offers an accurate portrait of the diverse views of the field.

— Lisa Rasmussen

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
The Ethics of Bioethics is a sterling contribution to the ongoing debate in bioethics regarding who we are, what we do, and what we are becoming. I would strongly encourage its use for educators in bioethics who want their students to engage in these ongoing dialogues.

— Kayhan Parsi

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Eckenwiler and Cohn have done the evolving field of bioethics a great service by assembling 25 thoughtful and erudite essays into this excellent book... It is provocative and stimulating and may help change your views about what is most important for medicine in the 21st century.

— Barry Morenz, MD

Metapsychology - Mark Dietrich Tschaepe
The editors have compiled a cogent collection that signifies an important contribution to bioethics that is reflective of the complexity and importance of the field.
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics - William E. Stempsey
Anyone who takes bioethics seriously will find much to applaud.
American Journal of Bioethics - Lisa Rasmussen
The strength of the volume is not that it answers questions of the ethics of bioethics, but rather that it offers an accurate portrait of the diverse views of the field.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics - Kayhan Parsi
The Ethics of Bioethics is a sterling contribution to the ongoing debate in bioethics regarding who we are, what we do, and what we are becoming. I would strongly encourage its use for educators in bioethics who want their students to engage in these ongoing dialogues.
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Barry Morenz
Eckenwiler and Cohn have done the evolving field of bioethics a great service by assembling 25 thoughtful and erudite essays into this excellent book... It is provocative and stimulating and may help change your views about what is most important for medicine in the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801886126
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa A. Eckenwiler is an associate professor of philosophy and director of health care ethics at the George Mason University Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics. Felicia G. Cohn is an associate professor and the director of medical ethics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Medical Center.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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