The Birth of Bioethics

Paperback | April 21, 2004

byAlbert R. Jonsen

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This book is the first broad history of the growing field of bioethics. Covering the period 1947-1987, it examines the origin and evolution of the debates over human experimentation, genetic engineering, organ transplantation, termination of life-sustaining treatment, and new reproductivetechnologies. It assesses the contributions of philosophy, theology, law and the social sciences to the expanding discourse of bioethics. Written by one of the field's founders, it is based on extensive archival research into resources that are difficult to obtain and on interviews with manyleading figures. A very readable account of the development of bioethics, the book stresses the history of ideas but does not neglect the social and cultural context and the people involved.

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This book is the first broad history of the growing field of bioethics. Covering the period 1947-1987, it examines the origin and evolution of the debates over human experimentation, genetic engineering, organ transplantation, termination of life-sustaining treatment, and new reproductivetechnologies. It assesses the contributions of...

Albert R. Jonsen is at University of Washington, School of Medicine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.5 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:April 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195171470

ISBN - 13:9780195171471

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"No one has been assessing the first generation of bioethics mre diligently than Al Jonsen, who studied moral philosophy and religion as a Jesuit priest before leaving the church in the mid-1970s for full-time work as a professor of bioethics. Like many foundational figures who have beenpresent at the creation of their fields, Jonsen can recall reams of useful details about his subject's early life, which he did in his Birth of Bioethics."--Robert Martensen in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences