The Foundations of Bioethics

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This is the first single-author text on the philosophical issues in bioethics that is both systematic and comprehensive. Engelhardt provides both a critique of the theoretical foundations of bioethics and an analysis of the problematic ways in which facts, theories and values become intertwined in concepts of health and disease. He analyzes patients' rights, including the right to free and informed consent, to refuse treatment, and to the benefits of health care. Covering topics that range from abortion and in vitro fertilization to sexual deviance and organ transplantation. Englehardt offers a critical and at times controversial analysis, defending such practices as fetal experimentation and limited infanticide.

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The Emergence of a Secular Bioethics
The Intellectual Bases of Bioethics
The Principles of Bioethics

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About the author (1986)

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, H. Tristram Engelhardt holds both a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (1963) and an M.D. from the Tulane Medical School (1972). From 1972 until 1977, he taught bioethics at the University of Texas Medical School and then, for the next five years, served as Rosemary Kennedy Professor of the Philosophy of Medicine at Georgetown University and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Center for Bioethics in Washington, D.C. Since 1983 he has been professor of internal medicine, community medicine, and obstetrics-gynecology at the Baylor University College of Medicine. For his contributions to bioethics, especially related to the use of human beings in research, Engelhardt has received a Woodrow Wilson fellowship (1988) and a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Germany (1988--89).

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