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Medical General

Brain, Body, and Mind

Neuroethics with a Human Face

by (author) Walter Glannon

Publisher
Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
May 2011
Category
General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780199734092
    Publish Date
    May 2011
    List Price
    $67.50
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780199315796
    Publish Date
    May 2013
    List Price
    $31.95

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This book is a discussion of the most timely and contentious issues in the two branches of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics; and the ethics of neuroscience. Drawing upon recent work in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery, it develops a phenomenologically inspired theory of neuroscience to explain the brain-mind relation.

The idea that the mind is shaped not just by the brain but also by the body and how the human subject interacts with the environment has significant implications for free will, moral responsibility, and moral justification of actions. It also provides a better understanding of how different interventions in the brain can benefit or harm us. In addition, the book discusses brain imaging techniques to diagnose altered states of consciousness, deep-brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, and restorative neurosurgery for neurodegenerative diseases. It examines the medical and ethical trade-offs of these interventions in the brain when they produce both positive and negative physical and psychological effects, and how these trade-offs shape decisions by physicians and patients about whether to provide and undergo them.

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Contributor Notes

Walter Glannon is Canada Research Chair in Medical Bioethics and Ethical Theory at the University of Calgary.

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