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Bioethics: The Basics

2nd Edition

By Alastair V. Campbell

Routledge

202 pages

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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
  • health care ethics including the nature of the practitioner-patient relationship
  • public policy ethics and the implications of global and public health
  • ‘3 parents’, enhancement, incidental findings and nudge approaches in health care.

This thoroughly revised second edition provides a concise, readable and authoritative introduction for anyone interested in the study of bioethics.

Reviews

'With clarity and an emphasis on case studies and practical reasoning Professor Campbell gently guides the reader through many of the fascinating current issues in bioethics in a concise, accessible, highly engaging and intelligible way. This little book is an essential first stop for anyone interested in bioethics and medical ethics, either as a student, teacher, healthcare practitioner.'

Rebecca Bennett, University of Manchester, UK.

'This second edition lives up to its title by giving the basics without becoming perfunctory or partisan. It has a light touch without being superficial. It gets into thorny issues while remaining unscratched. Impressive.'

Russell DiSilvestro, Chair Department of Philosophy, California State University, USA.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Abbreviations

1 What is bioethics?

What is bioethics?

History

What about the law?

Methods

Applications

How to use this book

Resources and further reading

2 Moral theories

Introduction

Counting the consequences

Doing one’s duty

Being a good person – virtue ethics

Brotherhood and sisterhood – communitarianism

Live free or die – libertarianism

A balancing act – the four principles

Resources and further reading

Exercise

3 Perspectives

Introduction

Gendered agendas – feminist approaches

To care or not to care?

Culture and religion

Conclusion

Resources and further reading

Exercises

4 Clinical ethics

Introduction

The clinical relationship – a conspiracy against the laity?

Life before birth

Transplantation and regenerative medicine

Mental health

The end of life

After death

Conclusions

Resources and further reading

Exercises

5 Research

Introduction

Research ethics

Research integrity

Research and the future

Conclusion

Resources and further reading

Exercises

6 Justice

Introduction

Public health ethics

Fair access and the paradox of health care

Global inequity in health

Global survival

Resources and further reading

Exercises

Appendix

Glossary

References

Index

About the Author

Alastair V. Campbell, FRSE, is Emeritus Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, founding editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, formerly President of the International Association of Bioethics, and an H. K. Beecher Awardee of the Hastings Center, NY.

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:
MED050000
MEDICAL / Ethics
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI005000
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy