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Introduction to Bioethics is a comprehensive introduction to the broad field of bioethics, focusing on key issues directly relevant to students of modern biological and medical sciences. Ethical issues relating to both plants and animals are covered, drawing out scientific, medical, social and religious concerns.

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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
  • Product dimensions: 6.71 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of contents.


Chapter 1  Science and Society.

1.1 What's it all about?

1.2 What is science?

1.3 Modern science.

1.4 Science, ethics and values.

1.5 Attitudes to Science.

Chapter 2  Ethics and Bioethics

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 What is ethics?

2.3 The development of ethics.

2.4 The growth of bioethics.

2.5 Ethics in the 21st century.

2.6 Making ethical decisions.

Chapter 3   Humans and the Natural World.

3.1  Introduction.

3.2  What's the problem?

3.3  Valuing the environment.

3.4  The place of humans in nature.

3.5  Some thoughts on stewardship.

3.6  Two current themes in environmental ethics.

3.7  Three current issues in environmental ethics.

3.8  Concluding remarks.

Chapter 4   Humans and Non-human Animals.

4.1  Introduction.

4.2  Humankind's place in the animal kingdom.

4.3  Human use of animals.

4.4  The ethics of animal research.

4.5  Animals in sport, companionship, leisure and fashion.

4.6  Animals for food.

4.7  Conclusion.

Chapter 5  Biotechnology and Bioethics.

5.1  Introduction.

5.2  General ethical issues related to genetic modification.

5.3  Nano-technology.

5.4  Cybernetics.

Chapter 6  Applications of Genetic Modification.

6.1  Pharmaceuticals.

6.2  Food and crops.

6.3  Genetic modification of animals.

6.4  Research uses of genetic modification.

Chapter 7  Human Genes and the Human Genome Project.

7.1  Some history.

7.2  Molecular genetics and the human genome project.

7.3  Some thoughts on eugenics.

7.4  Use of human genetic information.

7.5  Genetic modification of humans - fact or fiction?

Chapter 8   Genes – the Wider Issues.

8.1  Introduction.

8.2  Crop GM technology, world trade and global justice.

8.3  Gene patenting.

8.4  Genetic piracy.

Chapter 9  Cloning and Stem Cells

9.1  Introduction.

9.2  Frogs and sheep.

9.3  Genes and clones.

9.4  It’s not natural – it should be banned!

9.5  The ethics of human cloning - an overview.

9.6  Unlocking the genetic potential of stem cells.

Chapter 10   The New Reproductive Technologies.

10.1  Introduction.

10.2  Gametes outside the body.

10.3  Techniques of assisted reproductive medicine.

10.4  Designer babies.

10.5  Men and women – do we need both?

10.7  Conclusion.

Chapter 11    Embryos, Foetuses and Abortion: Issues of Life Before Birth.

11.1  Introduction.

11.2  The early human embryo.

11.3  Embryo research.

11.4  Abortion.

Chapter 12     Decisions at the End of Life - When May I Die and When Am I Dead?

12.1  Introduction – two important examples.

12.2  How did we get here?

12.3  What is euthanasia?

12.4  The arguments for voluntary euthanasia.

12.5  The arguments against voluntary euthanasia.

12.6  When should medical treatment be withheld or withdrawn?               

Chapter 13   A Code of Ethics for Biologists?     

13.1  Introduction.

13.2  The wider responsibilities of a scientist.

13.3  Should there be an ethical code of practice for bioscientists?

Appendix   A Code of Ethics for Bioscience.


Suggestions for Further Reading.


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