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Description - The Ethics of Bioethics by Lisa A. Eckenwiler

Stem cell research. Drug company influence. Abortion. Contraception. Long-term and end-of-life care. Human participants research. Informed consent. The list of ethical issues in science, medicine, and public health is long and continually growing. These complex issues pose a daunting task for professionals in the expanding field of bioethics. But what of the practice of bioethics itself? What issues do ethicists and bioethicists confront in their efforts to facilitate sound moral reasoning and judgment in a variety of venues? Are those immersed in the field capable of making the right decisions? How and why do they face moral challenge-and even compromise-as ethicists? What values should guide them? In The Ethics of Bioethics, Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Felicia G. Cohn tackle these questions head on, bringing together notable medical ethicists and people outside the discipline to discuss common criticisms, the field's inherent tensions, and efforts to assign values and assess success. Through twenty-five lively essays examining the field's history and trends, shortcomings and strengths, and the political and policy interplay within the bioethical realm, this comprehensive book begins a much-needed critical and constructive discussion of the moral landscape of bioethics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801886126
ISBN-10: 0801886120
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lisa A. Eckenwiler

Lisa A. Eckenwiler is an associate professor of philosophy and director of health care ethics at the George Mason University Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics. Felicia G. Cohn is an associate professor and the director of medical ethics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Medical Center.

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