Birth to Death: Science and Bioethics

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David C. Thomasma, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner
Cambridge University Press, Jul 13, 1996 - Business & Economics - 382 pages
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The explosive growth of science and medicine in recent times has raised a host of ethical issues. This book reviews major advances in biology and medicine and explores their ethical implications. Organized by stage of human life--from birth to death--it guides the reader through the critical issues that face our technologically advanced society. Each section contains a sketch of the scientific research in a particular field and then discusses the issues that challenge our ethical and moral principles, social frameworks, and public policies. A world-class group of contributors from biology, medicine, technology, and ethics probe controversial topics such as genetic research, transplantation, reproductive technologies, prolonging life and euthanasia, and research on animals and humans. The essays are concise, to the point, and deliberately free of jargon, and the entire work is framed by an introduction and postscript that point the way to the major questions. This book is the perfect introduction for novice readers with general or specific questions about the ethical issues raised by the rapid advance of science and technology. David Thomasma has written many books on medical ethics including For the Patient's Good and Euthanasia: Toward an Ethical Social Policy. He and Thomasine Kushner are the editors of the journal Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.
 

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Contents

List of contributors
1
Some legal and ethical questions
21
REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
35
Reproduction abortion and rights
58
Sctence The critically ill neonate
71
Bioethtcs Medical technology and the child
79
On caring for children 8
85
TRANSPLANTATION
99
PROLONGING LIFEDEATH
163
Medicines rampant technology
177
CARE OF THE DYING
198
EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIANASSISTED
207
SUICIDE
218
Why doctors must not kill 23t
231
Doctors should be permitted to give death a helping hand
247
HUMANS AS RESEARCH SUBJECTS
259

Bioethics Transplantation and ethics io6
106
Legalizing payment for transplantable cadaveric organs
119
AGING
142
A moral challenge r
154
USING ANIMALS IN RESEARCH
301
Medical experimentation animal rights
313
Animal rights and social practices 324
325
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