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Medical Ethics

Biomedical Ethics

by (author) Walter Glannon

Publisher
Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2004
Category
Ethics
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780195144307
    Publish Date
    Jun 2004
    List Price
    $50.50
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780195144314
    Publish Date
    Jul 2004
    List Price
    $39.99

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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.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Glannon Glannon is at University of British Columbia.

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