Bioethics and Society: Constructing the Ethical Enterprise

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For undergraduate/graduate-level courses in Medical Sociology, Sociology of Health, Medical Ethics, Bioethics.

This reader features essays by leading medical sociologists/anthropologists and medical ethicists who consider the full range of cultural, economic, and social dimensions of bioethics This is the first text to view the field of bioethics from a sociological viewpoint — exploring how and why bioethics came to be a player in American medicine. Cutting-edge in perspective, it provides a firsthand look at how a new discipline and its practitioners emerge, and provides a model for applying sociology to a field of medicine. The book is useful to students of medical sociology and medical ethics.

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A sociological look at the practice of bioethics
This is one of few books that examines the practice of bioethics from a sociological point of view. Why did the profession of bioethicist emerge when it did? What role does bioethics play in the current medical system? How is the profession organizing and credientialling itself? Collected here are essays by sociologists, anthropologists, bioethicists, and philosophers including, Jonathan Imber, Charles Bosk, Joel Frader, Renee Fox, Paul Wolpe, Bruce Jennings, Bette Crigger, Donald Light, Glenn McGee, Jon Moreno, Peter Conrad, Eugene Gallagher.

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