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Basic Bioethics

The Basic Bioethics series makes innovative works in bioethics available to a broad audience and introduces seminal scholarly manuscripts, state-of-the-art reference works, and textbooks. Topics engaged include the philosophy of medicine, advancing genetics and biotechnology, end-of-life care, health and social policy, and the empirical study of biomedical life. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged.

Improving Treatment and Understanding of the Mind-Brain

A survey of the emerging field of neuroethics that calls for a multidisciplinary, pragmatic approach for tackling key issues and improving patient care.

Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide

A new patient-centered approach to psychiatry that aims to resolve the field's conceptual tension between science and humanism by drawing on classical American pragmatism and contemporary pragmatic bioethics.

A legal and moral analysis of medical decision making on behalf of those with such severe cognitive impairments that they cannot exercise self-determination.

Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory

Experts explore the potential benefits, risks, and moral aspects of protocell technology, which creates simple forms of life from nonliving material.

Medical Underwriting and Social Policy

Experts discuss the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of genetic testing in determining eligibility for life insurance.

Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification

Scholars discuss the genetic modification of embryonic cells from the viewpoints of traditional Jewish and Christian teaching, considering both the possible therapeutic benefits of this technology and moral concerns about its implementation.

Argues that applied bioethics should embrace utilitarian decision analysis, thus avoiding recommendations expected to do more harm than good.

A Sociocultural Examination of Fetoscopy

An ethnographic study of fetoscopy that considers both the broader cultural context of this high-risk obstetrical procedure and the patient’s individual experience.

Case Studies of Policy Challenges from New Technologies
A Cross-National Study
Moral Dilemmas of Medicine and War
Postconventional Challenges
The Technology of Justice
Edited by David Lazer
Genetics, Bioengineering, and the Future of the Human Condition
Reflections on Health and Beneficence

Explores the philosophical and practical ethical implications of a definition of health as a state that allows us to reach our goals.

Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis

A study of the importance of self-trust for women's autonomy in reproductive health.

Ancient Themes in Contemporary Issues
Science, Ethics, and Public Policy
Why It's Time for Health Care Rationing

A rational look at health care rationing, from ethical, economic, psychological, and clinical perspectives.

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