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1 What is bioethics? What is bioethics? History What about the law? Methods Applications How to use this book Resources and further reading 2 Moral theories Introduction Counting the consequences Doing one's duty Being a good person - virtue ethics Brotherhood and sisterhood - communitarianism Live free or die - libertarianism A balancing act - the four principles Resources and further reading Exercise 3 Perspectives Introduction Gendered agendas - feminist approaches To care or not to care? Culture and religion Conclusion Resources and further reading Exercises 4 Clinical ethics Introduction The clinical relationship - a conspiracy against the laity? Life before birth Transplantation and regenerative medicine Mental health The end of life After death Conclusions Resources and further reading Exercises 5 Research Introduction Research ethics Research integrity Research and the future Conclusion Resources and further reading Exercises 6 Justice Introduction Public health ethics Fair access and the paradox of health care Global inequity in health Global survival Resources and further reading Exercises Appendix Glossary References Index

About the Author

Alastair V. Campbell, FRSE, is Emeritus Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, founding editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, formerly President of the International Association of Bioethics, and an H. K. Beecher Awardee of the Hastings Center, NY.


'With clarity and an emphasis on case studies and practical reasoning Professor Campbell gently guides the reader through many of the fascinating current issues in bioethics in a concise, accessible, highly engaging and intelligible way. This little book is an essential first stop for anyone interested in bioethics and medical ethics, either as a student, teacher, healthcare practitioner.'

Rebecca Bennett, University of Manchester, UK.

'This second edition lives up to its title by giving the basics without becoming perfunctory or partisan. It has a light touch without being superficial. It gets into thorny issues while remaining unscratched. Impressive.'

Russell DiSilvestro, Chair Department of Philosophy, California State University, USA.

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