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The Development of Bioethics in the United States

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In only four decades, bioethics has transformed from a fledgling field into a complex, rapidly expanding, multidisciplinary field of inquiry and practice. Its influence can be found not only in our intellectual and biomedical institutions, but also in almost every facet of our social, cultural, and political life. This volume maps the remarkable development of bioethics in American culture, uncovering the important historical factors that brought it into existence, analyzing its cultural, philosophical, and ...

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Overview

In only four decades, bioethics has transformed from a fledgling field into a complex, rapidly expanding, multidisciplinary field of inquiry and practice. Its influence can be found not only in our intellectual and biomedical institutions, but also in almost every facet of our social, cultural, and political life. This volume maps the remarkable development of bioethics in American culture, uncovering the important historical factors that brought it into existence, analyzing its cultural, philosophical, and professional dimensions, and surveying its potential future trajectories. Bringing together a collection of original essays by seminal figures in the fields of medical ethics and bioethics, it addresses such questions as the following:

- Are there precise moments, events, socio-political conditions, legal cases, and/or works of scholarship to which we can trace the emergence of bioethics as a field of inquiry in the United States?

- What is the relationship between the historico-causal factors that gave birth to bioethics and the factors that sustain and encourage its continued development today?

- Is it possible and/or useful to view the history of bioethics in discrete periods with well-defined boundaries?

- If so, are there discernible forces that reveal why transitions occurred when they did? What are the key concepts that ultimately frame the field and how have they evolved and developed over time?

- Is the field of bioethics in a period of transformation into biopolitics?

Contributors include George Annas, Howard Brody, Eric J. Cassell, H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., Edmund L. Erde, John Collins Harvey, Albert R. Jonsen, Loretta M. Kopelman, Laurence B. McCullough, Edmund D.Pellegrino, Warren T. Reich, Carson Strong, Robert M. Veatch, and Richard M. Zaner.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gina M Fullam, BS (Saint Louis University)
Description: This edited book explores the past, present, and future of bioethics in the United States from cultural, philosophical, political, and professional angles.
Purpose: The editors' hope is that the "rich and unique perspective" their book offers can enhance understanding of the development of bioethics. Individual essays and the first-person vignettes many contributors share indeed provide new insights. The editors and contributing authors are well respected in the field.
Audience: Though the editors do not specify an audience, the book will benefit bioethics scholars and advanced students. Unfortunately, interested general readers will be confused or misled. In the individual essays, diverse, controversial, and sometimes incompatible perspectives are argued or assumed. However, there is no dialogue among the essays and the book offers no means to navigate the competing perspectives. Moreover, readers without extensive contextual knowledge could be led to mistakenly assume a number of unchallenged (contentious) positions are authoritative.
Features: The essays include first-person narratives and assessments of the early years of the Hastings Center, Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and the Kennedy Institute, evaluation of the cultural and political context of and influences on the development of bioethics, argumentation on the disciplinary status of bioethics, historical survey and analysis of medical ethics (versus bioethics), and calls for greater attention to philosophical questions and foundations in bioethics. The diversity of topics and perspectives is both the strength of the book, with due commendation for the inclusion of voices outside of mainstream bioethics, and the main weakness, as discussed above.
Assessment: Though disorienting in the multiplicity of unquestioned perspectives it offers, the book is a worthwhile contribution to the literature on the development of bioethics in the United States. Perhaps unwittingly, the editors have allowed the book to enhance an understanding of the past, present, and future of bioethics precisely in this disorientation, which is arguably an accurate reflection of the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789400740105
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Series: Philosophy and Medicine Series , #115
  • Edition description: 2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.-

1.Jeremy R. Garrett, Fabrice Jotterand, and D. Christopher Ralston – “The Development of Bioethics in the United States: An Introduction”.-

Part I: The Birth of Bioethics: Historical Analysis.-

2.Eric J. Cassell – “The Beginnings of Bioethics”.-

3.Howard Brody – “Teaching at the University of Texas Medical Branch, 1971-74: Humanities, Ethics, or Both?”.-

4.John Collins Harvey – “André Hellegers, the Kennedy Institute, and the Development of Bioethics: The American-European Connection”.-

5. H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. – “Bioethics as a Liberal Catholic Heresy: Critical Reflections on the Founding of Bioethics”.-

Part II: The Nature of Bioethics: Cultural and Philosophical Analysis.-

6.Warren T. Reich – “A Corrective for Bioethical Malaise: Revisiting The Cultural Influences That Shaped the Identity of Bioethics”.-

7. George J. Annas – “American Biopolitics”.-

8. Carson Strong – “Medicine and Philosophy: The Coming Together of an Odd Couple”.-

9. Loretta M. Kopelman – “The Growth of Bioethics as a Second-Order Discipline”.-

Part III: The Practice of Bioethics: Professional Dimensions.-

10. Robert M. Veatch – “The Development of Bioethics: Bringing Physician Ethics into the Moral Consensus”.-

11. Laurence B. McCullough – “Bioethics and Professional Medical Ethics: Mapping and Managing an Uneasy Relationship”.-

12. Edmund L. Erde – “Professionalism vs. Medical Ethics in the Current Era: A Battle of Giants?”.-

Part IV: The Future of Bioethics: Looking Ahead.-

13.Richard M. Zaner – “Themes and Schemes in the Development of Bioethics in the United States”.-

14.Edmund D. Pellegrino – “Medical Ethics and Moral Philosophy in an Era of Bioethics”.-

15.Albert R. Jonsen – “Prolegomenon to any Future Bioethics”.-

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