Principles of Biomedical Ethics: A Critical Book for the Field of Bioethics

As mentioned in the Doody’s Expert Review by Tyler Gibb,  JD, PhD(c)  (UCLA Health Ethics Center) “Principles of Biomedical Ethics is critical, from both a historical and a developmental perspective, to understanding bioethics. Thus, bioethicists and students of bioethics, as well as healthcare professionals and members of ethics committees, should carefully read this book. Any understanding of bioethics would be insufficient without an appreciation and understanding of the moral framework this book establishes. In addition to being a foundational text, it is a valuable tool for teaching bioethics and ethical decision-making in the classroom.”

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Illuminating both theory and method throughout, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Seventh Edition, considers what constitutes moral character and addresses the problem of moral status: what rights are due to people and animals, and when. It also examines the professional-patient relationship, surveys major philosophical theories–including utilitarianism, Kantianism, rights theory, and virtue theory–and describes methods of moral justification in bioethics.

Acclaimed authors Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress thoroughly develop and advocate for four principles that lie at the core of moral reasoning in health care: respect for autonomy, non maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Drawing from contemporary research–and integrating detailed case studies and vivid real-life examples and scenarios–they demonstrate how these prima facie principles can be expanded to apply to various conflicts and dilemmas, from how to deliver bad news to whether or not to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatments.

This Doody’s Core Title and Essential Purchase Title should be bundled with Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life, Bioethical Decision Making in Nursing and Scientific Integrity: Text and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research.

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