Introduction to Bioethics : Fourth Edition - Revised and Updated

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr
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This fourth edition of An Introduction to Bioethics provides an introductory survey of various complex bioethical issues facing contemporary society. The book's two authors are grounded in clinical experience, academic scholarship, and years of teaching experience in the field of bioethics.

Author Biography

Thomas A. Shannon is professor emeritus of religion and social ethics in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. For several years, he was an adjunct professor of moral theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nicholas J. Kockler is assistant professor in the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University and an ethicist in Catholic health care where he provides service in clinical bioethics.

Table of Contents

General Issues
Introduction: What Is Bioethics?p. 3
Technology, Nature, and Responsibilityp. 13
Ethical Issues and Theoriesp. 28
Common Terms Used in Bioethicsp. 39
Issues Early in Life
Abortionp. 67
Reproductive Technologiesp. 89
Early Diagnosis of Genetic Anomaliesp. 107
Issues at the End of Life
Definitions of Deathp. 129
Forgoing and Withdrawing Treatmentp. 144
Euthanasiap. 168
Physician-Assisted Suicidep. 184
Issues in Biotechnology
Genetic Engineering: Nonhuman Organismsp. 201
Genetic Engineering: Human Beingsp. 231
Cell-Based Biotechnologiesp. 250
Other Specific Problems
Organ and Tissue Transplantationp. 273
Research on Human Subjectsp. 290
A Whole Earth Ethicp. 302
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