Methods and Morals in the Life Sciences: A Guide for Analyzing and Writing Texts

Methods and Morals in the Life Sciences: A Guide for Analyzing and Writing Texts

by Wim J. van der Steen, Vincent K. Y. Ho
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275971198

ISBN-13: 9780275971199

Pub. Date: 04/30/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Most researchers would be amazed to discover that opinions they have about cherished themes in biology and medicine are biased. Van der Steen and Ho contend that logic and methodology are not well applied in biology and medicine, arguing that the impact of social and moral factors on claims within these two disciplines is underestimated. In response to this

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Most researchers would be amazed to discover that opinions they have about cherished themes in biology and medicine are biased. Van der Steen and Ho contend that logic and methodology are not well applied in biology and medicine, arguing that the impact of social and moral factors on claims within these two disciplines is underestimated. In response to this situation, Van der Steen and Ho present tools from logic and ethics for assessing existing literature. These tools will help to create sound articles and materials in the life sciences.

After reviewing logic and methodological approaches, broad guidelines are used to place science in a social context. Examples from life sciences illustrate the implementation of logic, methodology, and guidelines in forty-five brief case studies. Each study includes comments on quoted and paraphrased passages from a single article or book. Cross-references facilitate the assimilation of lessons from the text. Students, researchers, and scholars in biology, biomedicine, philosophy, and ethics as applied to the life sciences will find this guide useful in improving their research and writing skills.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275971199
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Methodology as Practical Philosophy

Introduction

Concepts, Statements, and Arguments

Hyptheses, Theories, and Explanations

Facts and Values

Putting Science in Context

Introduction

A Survey of Guidelines

Application: Texts with Comments

Introduction

Altruism and Egoism

Genes, Behavior, and Psychopathology

Medication

Stress

Genetic Engineering

Miscellaneous Subjects

A Tale of Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Introduction

Biased Promotion of Drugs: The Case of NSAIDS by Wim J. van der Steen

Response 1: Private Drug Research by Harry Cook

Response 2: Diet Therapy as a Viable Alternative for NSAIDS by Dorine Bax

Response 3: NSAIDS in the Netherlands: The View of a General Practitioner by Arjen Groen

Appendix to Part IV: Improving Style

Postlude

Bibliography

Index

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