Biomedical Ethics (Fundamentals of Philosophy)

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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 (C.T.) and magnetic resonance imaging (M.R.I.) scans of the body and brain can reveal disorders before 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, and the 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.

Product Details

  • Series: Fundamentals of Philosophy Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195144317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195144314
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on March 1, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Small book that keeps you interested, I learned so much. MUST BUY!

I enjoyed the book

 on May 17, 2015
By JHarter
This was required reading for my biomedical ethics course. I enjoyed the book, it gave a good overview of the ethical issues inherent in the medical field today, and I definitely saved a lot of money by reading this instead of a full textbook. It references many popular ethicists and is a good starting point for delving into the field of biomedical ethics. I recommend​ this quick read for any aspiring medical doctor.

Five Stars

 on March 21, 2016
By Eddie Holguin
Item came as described and on time

Great resource

 on December 26, 2012
By Klu
Premed graduating with a BS in Chem (’11) writing my personal statement and taking the MCAT. Bought this book on whim before my MCAT. It has been invaluable in teaching me logical reasoning behind the actions we take. The first chapter clearly outlines in a concise manner basic vocabulary and logic I needed to transition to the second chapter. Reading the first two chapters alone helped improve my writing skill and logical thought process. Granted the MCAT no longer has a writing section as of 2013, yet its lack of current relevance will be made up later in my career.


 on February 16, 2014
By Annie
Another book which was a requirement in the College class I audited. Great book – also full of information people should be advised of.

Excellent introduction and reference to bioethics

One person found this helpful.
 on June 4, 2014
By Carl A Severson
I picked up this book to help with a few classes I took in University, as well as for personal reference. It is a concise reference to contemporary bioethics and does an excellent job of reviewing and summarizing all major topics. Additionally, unlike most philosophers, Glannon’s writing is very clear and easy to understand. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a summary or reference to bioethics, or as an introduction to the topic.

Precisely what I had hoped it would be– a concise and clear introduction.

7 people found this helpful.
 on December 26, 2007
By frumiousb
I had my own rather nasty tangle with the margins of biomedical ethics last year. As a result, a lot of my online reading has been spent diving deeper in some of the ethical issues around medical research, pregnancy, premature babies, and intervention guidelines. I decided to pick this book up to try to give myself some background to the debate, so that I feel like I can be a more educated participant. That makes me a rather odd reader of this book, I suspect. It seems obvious that it was intended as a classroom text– probably a class in Ethics 101 or something similar. I am unable to evaluate this as an ethics textbook.

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