Biomedical Ethics by Walter Glannon

Biomedical Ethics

byWalter Glannon

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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 disordersbefore 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, andthe 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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Glannon Glannon is Assistant Professor, Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia.
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Title:Biomedical EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.59 inPublished:July 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Each chapter opens with an Introduction and ends with a Conclusion and Selected Readings.Preface: 1. History and TheoriesThe Need for TheoriesConsequentialism and DeontologyVirtue Ethics and Feminist EthicsCommunitarianism and LiberalismThe Rejection of Theories: Casuistry and Cultural Relativism2. The Patient-Doctor RelationshipInformed ConsentTherapeutic PrivilegeConfidentialityCross-Cultural RelationsWhat Sort of Doctors Do We Need?3. Medical Research on HumansDesign of Clinical TrialsEquipoise, Randomization, and PlacebosProblems with ConsentVulnerable PopulationsProtections and Justice4. Reproductive Rights and TechnologiesAbortionThe Moral Status of EmbryosSurrogate PregnancySex SelectionCloning5. GeneticsGenetic Testing and ScreeningPreimplantation Genetic DiagnosisGene TherapyGenetic EnhancementEugenics6. Medical Decisions at the End of LifeDefining DeathWithdrawing and Withholding TreatmentDouble EffectEuthanasia and Physician-Assisted SuicideFutility7. Allocating Scarce Medical ResourcesSetting PrioritiesQuality-Adjusted Life-YearsAge-Based RationingOrgan TransplantationTwo-Tiered Health CareIndex:

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"A well-written and informative introduction to the topic of biomedical ethics. The author is familiar not only with the philosophical literature, but is also knowledgeable about the practice of medicine as it occurs today. A refreshing change from many of the current texts used in philosophyclasses."--Scott Wilson, Wright State University