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Bioethics: The Basics

By Alastair V. Campbell

© 2013 – Routledge

188 pages

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About the Book

Bioethics: The Basics is an introduction to the foundational principles, theories and issues in the study of medical and biological ethics. Readers are introduced to bioethics from the ground up before being invited to consider some of the most controversial but important questions facing us today. Topics addressed include:

  • The range of moral theories underpinning bioethics
  • Arguments for the rights and wrongs of abortion, euthanasia and animal research
  • Healthcare ethics including the nature of the practitioner-patient relationship
  • Public policy ethics and the implications of global and public health

Concise, readable and authoritative, this is the ideal primer for anyone interested in the study of bioethics.


A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2014

"This concise, precise, and inexpensive book contains a trove of information useful for both general health sciences audiences and laypersons wanting a clear introduction to ethical issues in health. Each of these chapters is relevant to any health profession, not only medicine. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - M.M. Gilllis, CHOICE

"After going through many volumes of philosophy and increasing number of papers published in bioethics journals, I continued to crave for something that was easy to read, understand and above all make my students understand and apply in their daily work in the field of healthcare. I must say that with this slim pocketbook by one of the foremost exponent of bioethics, Prof. Campbell, my search for something that I can recommend to my students has ended." - Amar Jesani, Asian Bioethics Review

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Moral Theories 3. Bioethics and Culture 4. Healthcare Ethics 5. Research Ethics 6. Justice and Public Policy Ethics

About the Author

Professor Alastair V. Campbell is Chen Su Lan Centennial Professor and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore. He is founding editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and a past President of the International Association of Bioethics as well as the author of ten books and numerous articles in the field. He is also an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center, New York, an Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Medical Ethics, UK and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Ethics
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy