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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Holly A Bante, MPH, MS (Saint Louis University)
Description: This book addresses traditional bioethics issues such as withdrawal of life support and human research subject protections as well as emerging issues in areas of neuroethics, biotechnology, and genetic screening. This comprehensive collection of topics is written by a variety of bioethics experts from the University of Pennsylvania and scholars previously affiliated with the Penn Center.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad overview of bioethical quandaries that are continuously evolving and presenting daily challenges. Through empirical and normative ethical approaches, the book addresses numerous bioethics issues and controversies.
Audience: This is intended to be read and used as a tool to confront key bioethical issues not only by bioethics scholars but also by individuals engaging in public policy and industry. The book bridges bioethics scholarship with practical application. It includes perspectives that impact education, policy, and consultation. Arthur Caplan, the Center's founding director and a coauthor of the book, is a leading expert in bioethics and has authored numerous books and articles on a wide variety of bioethical issues.
Features: The book is organized into 12 overarching topics such as vaccines, organ transplantation, and access to healthcare, with numerous chapters in each. Each chapter provides a historical synopsis of the topic and then discusses how it has evolved, where it stands today, and where it's heading. Although the chapters are brief and provide merely a brief overview of the subject matter, key aspects are addressed and various perspectives are provided.
Assessment: This well-written book addresses a wide-ranging assortment of traditional bioethics issues that persist in the field as well as contemporary bioethics concerns that have evolved with new technologies and medical advances. This is a great resource for scholars in bioethics as well as various other relevant disciplines concerned with bioethical issues.