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Principles of Biomedical Ethics

Principles of Biomedical Ethics
Author: Tom L. Beauchamp - James F. Childress
ISBN 13: 9780195335705
ISBN 10: 195335708
Edition: 6th
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-05-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $64.95

Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Sixth Edition, provides a highly original, practical, and insightful guide to morality in the health professions. 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, nonmaleficence, 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.
Illuminating both theory and method throughout, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Sixth 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 Communitarianism—and describes methods of moral justification in bioethics. Ideal for courses in biomedical ethics, bioethics, and health care ethics, the text is enhanced by hundreds of annotated citations and a substantial introduction that clarifies key terms and concepts.

Features of the Sixth Edition:
* Integrates case studies throughout the text, rather than presenting them in an appendix as in previous editions
* A new chapter on moral status (Chapter 3)
* Extensively revised and expanded material on the theory of the common morality (Chapters 1 and 10)
* A reworked discussion of the ethics of care as a form of virtue ethics (Chapter 2)
* Revised and updated treatments of nonmaleficence and beneficence, which take into account recent legal and philosophical literature and discussions (Chapters 5 and 6)
* A new section on vulnerability and exploitation as it applies to justice (Chapter 7)
* A more concise treatment of the principles of biomedical ethics throughout the text, featuring developed, refined, and modified perspectives

Angela Schneider-O'Connell

This is a much-needed reworking and updating of a fundamental text in biomedical ethics. The authors accomplish this task with great success. "The purpose is to provide a solid grounding for biomedical ethics. This edition goes beyond the previous editions in carrying out this task. It not only describes the field of ethics, its theories and their application to biomedical issues through the principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice, but it also actively engages the debate about the principle-based approach. "This book is an excellent introductory text. It is useful for those entering the field of biomedical ethics from other disciplines, clinical or nonclinical. Established practitioners in the field will welcome it as a valuable contribution to the debate of the principle-based approach. "The appendix of this edition presents 10 cases, some of which have led to landmark decisions. Even though the appendixes of the second and third editions presented 35 and 38 cases, respectively, this is not a drawback because the authors have incorporated additional cases into the text and because the 10 cases cover a wide range of issues in biomedical ethics. "The previous editions of this text have become classics in biomedical ethics. This edition is a serious reworking and will no doubt become a classic in its own right. Some of the shortcomings of the previous editions, such as its pedestrian literary style, gaps in the index, and the lack of a representative bibliography, have not been overcome. These shortcomings fade when compared to the contribution that this book makes to the field of biomedical ethics. I would recommend that anyone studying biomedical ethics, anyoneworking in this field, and certainly any health sciences library acquire this new edition.