This text provides coverage of the most discussed topics and up-to-date cases in medical ethics. Each topic is enriched with important background, history and context, and supplemented with a discussion of the most pertinent philosophical theories and ethical issues behind it. Anecdotal updates are included at the end of chapters to give readers insights into what has happened to some of the people involved in these cases. This edition features three new chapters and significant revision to all of the other chapters. It addresses the issue of organ transplants and looks at the ethics of physician-assisted suicide and the issue of reforming the health-care system.
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Gregory E. Pence earned his doctoral degree in 1974 from New York University. Since 1976, he has taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is a Professor and a medical ethicist in the Department of Philosophy and School of Medicine In 1994 he was voted the Ingall’s award, the university’s highest teaching honor. His courses provide physicians and others with a broad background of the history of ethical issues in medicine since World War II. He has also edited a companion volume to CLASSIC CASES IN MEDICAL ETHICS entitled CLASSIC WORKS IN MEDICAL ETHICS (1997). He has coauthored SEVEN DILEMMAS IN WORLD RELIGIONS with Lynn Stephens (1995) and “Why Physicians Should Help the Dying,”, H. LaFollette (ed.) PRACTICAL ETHICS (Blackwell, 1997) For over a decade, he served on the Institutional Review Board on human experimentation. He is a past Chair of the Board for Birmingham AIDS Outreach. He has published in the American Journal of Medicine, Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Philosophical Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, American Medical News and the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. He has written Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal, and Ridder Newspapers. He has twice won teaching awards, and he has given many talks on bioethics in places that include China and Israel.
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