In Medical Ethics, the editors have developed a completely different type of book, focusing upon issues not ordinarily dealt with in texts on bioethics. Medical Ethics provides primary material, actual cases dealing with real-life situations that capture the realities of health care and the moral dilemmas and choices that are forced upon the conscientious in health careers. Selections in the book describe medical situations and the choices to be faced in patient care, presenting particular positions or decisions, and debate over the rationale and justification for various options.
Simply presented and easy to read, the material in Medical Ethics is divided into sections dealing with Conceptual Foundations, Clinical Ideals and Behavior, and Issues in Clinical Ethics. Appendices cover medical cases and professional codes, statutes and legal cases.
"I am delighted to say that Medical Ethics impresses me as an important and significant contribution to the field of bioethics. To my knowledge, there is no other anthology available that brings together in such a comprehensive fashion important clinical perspectives on moral problems in medicine. The strengths of the book are that it is solidly rooted in clinical action and practice, and that it successfully integrates case material drawn from law and medicine with interdisciplinary analyses. The anthology is detailed enough to allow for the careful investigation of single subjects, while at the same time rich enough to provide a solid overview of core issues in medical ethics."
—Arthur L. Caplan, The Hastings Center, Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences
"The editors' extensive experience in a medical setting has resulted in their choosing appropriate selections for a text that could easily be used in a medical school or other educational setting for health care professionals."
—Ruth Macklin, Albert Einstein College of Medicine