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This volume brings together original essays by many of the best and most prominent figures in the emerging field of biomedical ethics and presents them in a dialogue that significantly updates their earlier work. Focusing on the moral dilemmas that recent medical advances have created at both ends of the life course, the contributors discuss such issues as patient autonomy, hospital policies of risk-management, new developments in the abortion debate, genetic counseling and perinatal care, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, testing and treatment policies for HIV infection, and fairness in allocating health care and donated organs.
“This edited volume's 15 chapters were developed from papers originally presented at a 1989 conference sponsored by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion... Although the essays are written for academicians, many are accessible to general readers… This useful addition to the current bioethics literature should be incorporated into upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections and also health science libraries.”
—L. A. Crandall, Choice
“Kogan’s skillful arrangement of these materials provides a fruitful vantage point from which to understand and assess their respective answers to a host of important interlocking questions.”
—John D. Arras, Ethics