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Description: Today, advances in medicine and biotechnology occur at a rapid pace and have a profound impact on our lives. Mechanical devices can sustain an injured person's life indefinitely. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the body and brain can reveal disorders before symptoms appear. Genetic testing of embryos can predict whether people will have diseases earlier or later in life. It may even become possible to clone human beings. These and other developments raise difficult ethical questions. Biomedical Ethics is an engaging philosophical introduction to the most important ethical positions and arguments in six areas of biomedicine: the patient-doctor relationship, medical research on humans, reproductive rights and technologies, genetics, medical decisions at the end of life, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. Concisely capturing the historical, contemporary, and future-oriented aspects of the field, author Walter Glannon discusses both perennial issues in medicine, such as doctors' duties to patients, and recent and emerging issues in scientific innovation, including gene therapy and cloning. Ideal for undergraduate courses in contemporary moral problems, introduction to ethics, and introduction to bioethics, Biomedical Ethics is accessible to students who have little or no background in ethical theory, medicine, or biotechnology.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/22/2004
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
|History and Theories|
|The Need for Theories|
|Consequentialism and Deontology|
|Virtue Ethics and Feminist Ethics|
|Communitarianism and Liberalism|
|The Rejection of Theories: Casuistry and Cultural Relativism|
|The Patient-Doctor Relationship|
|What Sort of Doctors Do We Need?|
|Medical Research on Humans|
|Design of Clinical Trials|
|Equipoise, Randomization, and Placebos|
|Problems with Consent Vulnerable Populations|
|Protections and Justice|
|Reproductive Rights and Technologies|
|The Moral Status of Embryos|
|Genetic Testing and Screening|
|Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis|
|Medical Decisions at the End of Life|
|Withdrawing and Withholding Treatment|
|Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide|
|Allocating Scarce Medical Resources|
|Two-Tiered Health Care|