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Published: 01 October 2019

512 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190640873

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Principles of Biomedical Ethics

Eighth Edition

Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress

  • The original, accessible, and practical guide to morality in the health care professions for courses in biomedical ethics, bioethics, and health care ethics
  • Argues for and thoroughly develops four principles at the core of moral reasoning in health care: respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice
  • Extends these four principles to apply to a wide variety of conflicts and dilemmas
  • Surveys major philosophical theories in biomedical ethics, including utilitarianism and Kantianism
  • Uses vivid examples from real events and case studies to illuminate theory and method throughout
  • Provides a substantial introduction that clarifies important terms and concepts
  • Includes numerous annotated citations for further reference

New to this Edition:

  • Revisions throughout sharpen arguments, address recent issues raised by critics, and discuss and assess newly published material
  • An expanded presentation on informed consent in Chapter 4
  • Extended discussions of non-treatment, uses of the best-interest standard, quality-of-life decisions involving newborns and children, and physician-assisted dying in Chapter 5
  • More in-depth coverage of theories of justice, problems of health insurance coverage, and the right to health care in Chapter 7
  • Expanded sections on veracity and confidentiality, along with new cases, in Chapter 8
  • More extensive sections on virtue theory and rights theory in Chapter 9
  • Expanded critiques of the theories of justification in Chapter 10

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