Thirty topics are covered in original essays written by some of the world's leading figures in the field, as well as by some newer 'up-and-comers'. The essays address both perennial issues, such as the methodology of bioethics, autonomy, justice, death, and moral status, and newer issues, such as biobanking, stem cell research, cloning, pharmacogenomics, and bioterrorism. Other topics concern mental illness and moral agency, the rule of double effect, justice and the elderly, the definition of death, organ transplantation, feminist approaches to commodification of the body, life extension, advance directives, physician-assisted death, abortion, genetic research, population screening, enhancement, research ethics, and the implications of public and global health for bioethics.
Anyone who wants to know how the central debates in bioethics have developed in recent years, and where the debates are going, will want to consult this book. It will be an invaluable resource not only for scholars and graduate students in bioethics, but also for those in philosophy, medicine, law, theology, social science, public policy, and public health who wish to keep abreast of developments in bioethics.
...the Oxford Handbook of Bioethics is an impressive and stimulating collection of original essays on some of the deepest and most challenging ethical issues in how we maintain, restore and enhance human health. Annette Rid Medicine Health Care and Philosophy
PART 1: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES; 1. Methods in Bioethics; 2. The Way We Reason Now: Reflective Equilibrium in Bioethics; 3. Autonomy; 4. Mental Disorder, Moral Agency, and the Self; 5. 'Reinventing' the Rule of Double Effect; PART 2: JUSTICE AND POLICY; 6. Policy-Making in Pluralistic Societies; 7. . Tiers Without Tears: The Ethics of a Two-Tiered Health Care System; 8. Justice and the Elderly; PART 3: BODIES AND BODILY PARTS; 9. Organ Transplantation; 10. Biobanking; 11. For Dignity or Money: Feminists on the Commodification of Women's Reproductive Labour; PART 4: THE END OF LIFE; 12. The Definition of Death; 13. The Aging Society and the Expansion of Senility: Biotechnological and Treatment Goals; 14. Death is a Punch in the Jaw: Life-Extension and its Discontents; 15. Precedent Autonomy, Advance Directives, and End-of-Life Care; 16. Physician-Assisted Death: The State of the Debate; PART 5: REPRODUCTION AND CLONING; 17. Abortion Revisited; 18. Moral Status, Moral Value, and Human Embryos: Implications for Stem Cell Research; 19. Therapeutic Cloning: Politics and Policy; PART 6: GENETICS AND ENHANCEMENT; 20. Population Genetic Research and Screening: Conceptual and Ethical Issues; 21. Enhancement; 22. Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Enhancement of Human Beings; 23. Pharmacogenomics: Ethical and regulatory issues; PART 7: RESEARCH ETHICS; 24. Clinical Equipoise: Foundational Requirement or Fundamental Error; 25. Research on Cognitively Impaired Adults; 26. Research in Developing Countries; 27. Animal Experimentation; PART 8: PUBLIC AND GLOBAL HEALTH; 28. The Implications of Public Health for Bioethics; 29. Global Health; 30. Bioethics and Bioterrorism
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