Law and Bioethics: An Introduction / Edition 1

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While the American legal system has played an important role in shaping the field of bioethics, Law and Bioethics is the first book on the subject designed to be accessible to readers with little or no legal background. Detailing how the legal analysis of an issue in bioethics often differs from the "ethical" analysis, the book covers such topics as abortion, surrogacy, cloning, informed consent, maplractice, refusal of care, and organ transplantation.
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Explains the law of bioethics for readers with little or no legal background. Structured like a legal casebook, the book covers topics including abortion, surrogacy, cloning, informed consent, and organ transplantation, and includes the text of almost all of the landmark cases that have shaped bioethics. There is commentary on each of these cases, plus an introduction to the US legal system, explaining federalism and underlying common law concepts. For students and professionals in medicine and public health. Menikoff teaches law, ethics and medicine at the University of Kansas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878408399
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 307,242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Menikoff is an assistant professor of law, ethics, and medicine at the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents


1. Federalism and Bioethics


2. The Right to Privacy IntroductionThe Meaning of "Due Process"Griswold v. ConnecticutNotes and QuestionsThe Meaning of "Equal Protection"Eisenstadt v. BairdNotes and Questions

3. The Past and Present of Sterilization IntroductionBuck v. BellNotes and QuestionsSkinner v. OklahomaNotes and QuestionsConservatorship of Valerie N.Notes and Questions

4. The Right to Abortion IntroductionRoe v. WadeNotes and QuestionsPlanned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. CaseyNotes and QuestionsStenberg v. CarhartNotes and Questions

5. The Brave New World of Reproduction IntroductionIn re Baby MNotes and QuestionsGestational SurrogacyJohnson v. CalvertNotes and QuestionsParenthood and the United States ConstitutionMichael H. v. Gerald D.Notes and QuestionsCloningThe Current and Future Legal Status of CloningNotes and Questions

6. Beyond Abortion: The Interests of Women and Fetuses IntroductionIn re A.C.Notes and QuestionsWhitner v. StateNotes and Questions


7. The Doctor-Patient Relationship IntroductionHurley v. EddingfieldNotes and QuestionsThe Law of Torts: From Battery to Informed ConsentCanterbury v. SpenceNotes and QuestionsHelling v. CareyNotes and QuestionsConfidentialityTarasoff v. Regents of the University of CaliforniaNotes and Questions

8. The Outer Limits of Informed Consent IntroductionJohnson v. KokemoorNotes and QuestionsThe Conflicted World of Managed CareHedrich v. PegramNotes and Questions

9. Beyond "Standard Care": Alternative Medicine, Experimentation, and Research IntroductionIn re GuessNotes and QuestionsExperimentation and ResearchStewart v. Cleveland Clinic FoundationNotes and QuestionsAdams v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland, Inc.Notes and Questions


10. The Right to Refuse Care IntroductionIn re QuinlanNotes and QuestionsBouvia v. Superior CourtNotes and QuestionsMaking Decisions for Incompetent PatientsAdvance DirectivesBeyond Advance DirectivesIllinois Health Care Surrogate ActNotes and QuestionsLane v. CanduraNotes and QuestionsIn re ConroyNotes and Questions

11. The Constitution and the Right to Die IntroductionCruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of HealthNotes and QuestionsPhysician-Assisted SuicideWashington v. GlucksburgNotes and QuestionsVacco v. QuillNotes and QuestionsOregon Death with Dignity ActNotes and Questions

12. "Futile" Medical Care IntroductionIn re WanglieNotes and QuestionsCausey v. St. Francis Medical CenterNotes and QuestionsIn re Baby KNotes and Questions


13. The "Uniqueness" of Genetics IntroductionKatskee v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NebraskaNotes and QuestionsSafer v. PackNotes and QuestionsFoundation on Economic Trends v. HecklerNational Institutes of Health: Recombinant DNA ResearchNotes and Questions

14. The Ownership of Life IntroductionMoore v. Regents of the University of CaliforniaNotes and QuestionsDavis v. DavisNotes and QuestionsHecht v. Superior Court


15. The Definition of Death IntroductionIn re BowmanNotes and QuestionsIn re T.A.C.P.Notes and QuestionsThe Heart-Lung Criteria for Death: Everything Old is New AgainNotes and Questions

16. Organ Transplantation IntroductionMcFall v. ShimpNotes and QuestionsStrunk v. StrunkNotes and QuestionsState v. PowellNotes and QuestionsWilson v. AdkinsNotes and QuestionsAllocating OrgansOrgan Procurement and Transplantation NetworkNotes and QuestionsGlossary

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