Introduction to Bioethics / Edition 1

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"Introduction to Bioethics provides a comprehensive and yet concise coverage of the broad field of bioethics, dealing with the scientific, medical, social, religious and, where appropriate, political and international concerns. The book introduces the various modes of ethical thinking and then helps the reader to apply that thinking to issues relating to the environment, to plants and animals and to humans." "Written in an accessible manner, Introduction to Bioethics focuses on key issues directly relevant to those studying courses ranging from medicine through to biology and agriculture. Ethical analysis is threaded throughout each chapter and supplementary examples are included to stimulate further thought. In addition there are numerous mini-case studies to aid understanding, together with key references and further reading." Compiled by three professional practitioners this work will be an invaluable tool for students, researchers, lecturers and teachers in biological, medical and veterinary sciences, agriculture, food science and related disciplines.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan M McCarthy, MA (Ministry Health Care)
Description: This introductory book covers many common topics in bioethics, as well as some less commonly addressed issues.
Purpose: The authors define bioethics as dealing with issues arising from rapid advances in the biomedical field. They effectively expand the scope of their discussions to environmental and global issues. In evidence is a careful presentation of both sides of controversies ranging from animal research to abortion. Scientists and students accustomed to thinking in black and white will be challenged to think in grays. The discussions of modern controversies from a British perspective will be enlightening to U.S. readers.
Audience: John Bryant and Linda Baggott la Velle, respectively a professor and senior lecturer at British universities, and John Searle, an Anglican priest, sought to develop a textbook for scientists and science students who, though well-grounded in biology, medicine, and other life sciences, have less background in ethical theory and moral philosophy. They have succeeded in meeting their objectives with a book liberally peppered with case studies, discussion questions, and exercises.
Features: The book covers such topics as human genetics, cloning and stem cells, reproductive technologies, and decisions at the end of life. But readers will also find interesting discussions of less commonly addressed issues such as the relationship between human and nonhuman animals, genetic modification of food, crops, and animals, and environmental ethics.
Assessment: The book is sprinkled with song lyrics and literary quotes ranging from the Rolling Stones to Harry Potter, and intriguing chapter and section titles ("Some thoughts on cheese," "When may I die, When am I dead," and "Men and women - do we need both?") making for a unique book and a thought-provoking read for early career and advanced bioethics scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.
From the Publisher
"…offering a substantial contribution to the didactic literature in bioethics…a welcome addition to the teaching literature on bioethics." (The Electric Review, May/June 2006)

"…a very helpful textbook." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2006)

"…a unique book and a though-provoking read for early career and advanced bioethics scholars from both sides of the Atlantic." (Doody's Health Services)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470021989
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/2/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 800,027
  • Product dimensions: 6.71 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Science and society 1
2 Ethics and bioethics 17
3 Humans and the natural world 33
4 Humans and non-human animals 53
5 Biotechnology and bioethics 71
6 Applications of genetic modification 85
7 Human genes and the human genome project 109
8 Genes - the wider issues 135
9 Cloning and stem cells 149
10 The new reproductive technologies 173
11 Embryos, foetuses and abortion : issues of life before birth 185
12 Decisions at the end of life - when may I die and when am I dead? 199
13 A code of ethics for biologists? 211
App A code of ethics for bioscience 217
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