Classic Works in Medical Ethics: Core Philosophical Readings by Gregory Pence

Classic Works in Medical Ethics: Core Philosophical Readings

Gregory Pence
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  • ISBN
    9780070381155 / 0070381151
  • Title Classic Works in Medical Ethics: Core Philosophical Readings
  • Author Gregory Pence
  • Category Medical Ethics & Professional Conduct
    Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 1997
  • Pages 384
  • Publisher
    McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
  • Imprint McGraw Hill Higher Education
  • Edition
    1st
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 162mm x 14mm x 234mm

Annotation

After thirty years, Medical Ethics has matured to where a collection of core writings in the field is now possible. There is even a danger that some classic articles will cease to be known because they are no longer included in “issue of the moment” anthologies. This book offers classic, well-written articles that have stood the test of time and have something to teach. These are articles with good philosophical analysis dealing with important topics and making significant contributions to understanding of issues. There are no long, boring selections from government commissions or technical pieces from scientific journals. Many selections illustrate how and why philosophers contributed to the progress of medical ethics. The articles cluster around several broad philosophical questions: terminating the lives of dying patients; assisting human life to begin outside the womb; terminating the beginnings of human life; personhood and higher animals, fetuses, impaired newborns, comatose patients; individual rights against the greater social good; and allocating scarce medical resources.

Publisher Description

After 30 years, medical ethics has matured to where a collection of core writings in the field is now possible. There is even a danger that some classic articles will cease to be known because they are no longer included in “issue of the moment” anthologies. This text offers articles that have stood the test of time and have something to teach. These are articles with good philosophical analysis dealing with important topics and making significant contributions to understanding of issues. Many selections illustrate how and why philosophers contributed to the progress of medical ethics. The articles cluster around several broad philosophical questions: terminating the lives of dying patients; assisting human life to begin outside the womb; terminating the beginnings of human life; personhood and higher animals, fetuses, impaired newborns, comatose patients; individual rights against the greater social good; and allocating scarce medical resources.

Author Biography

Gregory E. Pence earned his doctoral degree in 1974 from New York University. Since 1976, he has taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is a Professor and a medical ethicist in the Department of Philosophy and School of Medicine In 1994 he was voted the Ingall's award, the university's highest teaching honor. His courses provide physicians and others with a broad background of the history of ethical issues in medicine since World War II. He has also edited a companion volume to CLASSIC CASES IN MEDICAL ETHICS entitled CLASSIC WORKS IN MEDICAL ETHICS (1997). He has coauthored SEVEN DILEMMAS IN WORLD RELIGIONS with Lynn Stephens (1995) and “Why Physicians Should Help the Dying,”, H. LaFollette (ed.) PRACTICAL ETHICS (Blackwell, 1997) For over a decade, he served on the Institutional Review Board on human experimentation. He is a past Chair of the Board for Birmingham AIDS Outreach. He has published in the American Journal of Medicine, Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Philosophical Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, American Medical News and the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. He has written Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal, and Ridder Newspapers. He has twice won teaching awards, and he has given many talks on bioethics in places that include China and Israel.

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