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Analyzes the moral problems confronting health care practitioners from a wide variety of perspectives, especially those connected by four major ethical principles--respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: David Thomasma, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: The purpose of this truly monumental book is to comprehensively analyze the traditional four principles in bioethics from medical, philosophical, cultural, and religious perspectives, and to measure and critique their impact on health care relationships, on society, and on scientific advances in medicine. There are thus a wide variety of issues and perspectives for the English-speaking audience.
Purpose: As bioethics matures internationally, critiques included in this book will become even more important. The four principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice have been successfully used in American bioethics for almost 25 years. They have only recently come under fire for being too abstract and for embodying too much of American culture to be easily translated into other environments. Thus, the book first contains an analysis and critique of the four principles from the perspectives of different faiths and philosophies. The second section explores relationships and health care ethics. The third section is composed of particular problems in health care. In the final two sections, health care ethics and society, and ethics and scientific advance are examined.
Audience: Virtually anyone coming upon bioethics for the first time, graduate students, health care educators, or senior scholars will find this book helpful. Indeed it would be difficult to imagine a more comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art of bioethics around the world today. The contributors listing reads like a who's who of the major bioethicists active throughout world today. The principal editor is a physician who founded and edits a medical ethics journal in England.
Features: The book layout is superb and well-bound, an important consideration for a book this size. Each chapter is about 10 pages long, and although scholarly and comprehensive, each is also very readable. There is a thorough 41 page index.
Assessment: Highest marks go to the editors and contributors for the variety of topics and perspectives and comprehensiveness of coverage. The only weaknesses might be the four-principle approach itself, a problem that the book itself illustrates, and the cost of $295, putting it out of reach of many in its potential audience. All the contributions are original chapters written for this book, so that the theme of the four principles can be discerned in each one. It holds together surprisingly well for a book this size. It can be very highly recommended.
David Thomasma
The purpose of this truly monumental book is to comprehensively analyze the traditional four principles in bioethics from medical, philosophical, cultural, and religious perspectives, and to measure and critique their impact on health care relationships, on society, and on scientific advances in medicine. There are thus a wide variety of issues and perspectives for the English-speaking audience. As bioethics matures internationally, critiques included in this book will become even more important. The four principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice have been successfully used in American bioethics for almost 25 years. They have only recently come under fire for being too abstract and for embodying too much of American culture to be easily translated into other environments. Thus, the book first contains an analysis and critique of the four principles from the perspectives of different faiths and philosophies. The second section explores relationships and health care ethics. The third section is composed of particular problems in health care. In the final two sections, health care ethics and society, and ethics and scientific advance are examined. Virtually anyone coming upon bioethics for the first time, graduate students, health care educators, or senior scholars will find this book helpful. Indeed it would be difficult to imagine a more comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art of bioethics around the world today. The contributors listing reads like a who's who of the major bioethicists active throughout world today. The principal editor is a physician who founded and edits a medical ethics journal in England. The book layout is superb and well-bound, animportant consideration for a book this size. Each chapter is about 10 pages long, and although scholarly and comprehensive, each is also very readable. There is a thorough 41 page index. Highest marks go to the editors and contributors for the variety of topics and perspectives and comprehensiveness of coverage. The only weaknesses might be the four-principle approach itself, a problem that the book itself illustrates, and the cost of $295, putting it out of reach of many in its potential audience. All the contributions are original chapters written for this book, so that the theme of the four principles can be discerned in each one. It holds together surprisingly well for a book this size. It can be very highly recommended.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471930334
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/7/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1152
  • Product dimensions: 7.17 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 2.54 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editors: Raanan Gillon qualified in medicine from University College London and Christ Church Oxford and then spent seven years in medical journalism, editing a weekly medical newspaper before returning to medicine in 1971. In 1979 he completed a philosophy degree at London University while practising part time as a general practitioner and student health doctor, obtaining the university?s ?top first? in philosophy and the Birkbeck College prize for philosophy. He became Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) in 1981. In 1982 he became Director of the Imperial College Health Service, and in 1987 Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics at King?s College London, at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics. In 1989, he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics at St Mary?s Hospital Medical School/Imperial College, London University?an appointment he combines with his general practice and editorship of the JME. He has written and lectured extensively on medical ethics, and continues to be especially interested in issues to do with the concept of personhood, and in the use of the ?Four Principles? approach as a common basis not only for health care ethics but also for international and intercultural ethics more generally.

Ann Lloyd, who has a degree in philosophy, English and economics, is a freelance journalist specializing in women's issues, health and medical ethics. She met Raanan Gillon in 1969 when he was Editor and she was Chief Sub-editor of a medical weekly newspaper for GPs, Medical News Tribune. After eight years in New Zealand, writing for magazines and the New Zealand Herald she returned to England in 1980, becoming Technical Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics in 1982. She currently writes for such newspapers as The Guardian, The Times and The Independent as well as the medical press.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

APPROACHES TO APPLIED HEALTH CARE ETHICS.

The 'Four Principles' Approach (T. Beauchamp).

Medical Ethics, Kant and Mortality (S. Furness).

RELATIONSHIPS AND HEALTH CARE ETHICS.

The Doctor-Patient Relationship (R. Downie).

Absolute Confidentiality?

(D. Black).

MORAL PROBLEMS IN PARTICULAR HEALTH CARE CONTEXTS.

Ethical Problems in Infertility Treatment (R. Snowden & E. Snowden).

Children: Problems in Pediatrics (P. Graham).

HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND SOCIETY.

Medical Research, Society and Health Care Ethics (T. Ackerman).

AIDS: Health Care Ethics and Society (A. Pinching).

ETHICAL PROBLEMS OF SCIENTIFIC ADVANCE.

Genetic Counseling (M. Seller).

Against Brainstem Death (M. Evans).

Index.

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