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Published: 22 October 2012

480 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780199924585

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Principles of Biomedical Ethics

Seventh Edition

Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress

New to this Edition:

  • Clarified and tightened the account of the common morality and its distinction from both particular moralities and the broad descriptive use of the term "morality" in Chapter 1, "Moral Norms"
  • A significant body of material on virtue ethics from Chapter 2 is now in Chapter 9, where the book features a whole new section on virtue theory.
  • New sections on "Degrees of Moral Status," and "The Moral Significance of Moral Status," are now featured in Chapter 3, along with considerably modified the material in the section "Guidelines Governing Moral Status: Putting Specification to Work."
  • Expanded the section on theories of autonomy, completely overhauled the section on "Therapeutic Use of Placebos," and enlarged the section on "Problems of Information Processing" in Chapter 4
  • Added new sections on "Historical Problems of Underprotection" and "Recent Problems of Overprotection" in human subjects research in Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6 now includes a treatment of "Expanded Access and Continued Access in Research," and a relocated and integrated discussion of "Surrogate Decision Making for Incompetent Patients."
  • Chapter 7 now now distinguishes "Traditional Theories of Justice," including utilitarian, libertarian, egalitarian, and communitarian theories from "Recent Theories of Justice."
  • A major new section in Chapter 8, "Clinical Ethics and Research Ethics," investigates the ways in which biomedical research and clinical medicine have been distinguished and how this distinction has affected our thinking about professional ethics and research ethics
  • Extended and deepened the theory of method and justification in bioethics in the two major constructive sections of Chapter 10.
  • A new website features suggestions for effectively using the book in the classroom, possible syllabi and examination questions, additional readings, useful exercises, and cases for discussion.

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