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Biomedical Ethics [Paperback]

David DeGrazia , Thomas Mappes , Jeffrey Ballard
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June 28, 2010 9780073407456 978-0073407456 7
This best-selling anthology of readings with case studies provides insightful and comprehensive treatment of ethical issues in medicine. Appropriate for courses taught in philosophy departments, bioethics programs, as well as schools of medicine and nursing, the collection covers such provocative topics as biomedical enhancement, clinical trials in developing countries, animal research, physician-assisted suicide, and health care reform. The text's effective pedagogical features include chapter introductions, argument sketches, explanations of medical terms, headnotes, and annotated bibliographies.

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About the Author

David DeGrazia earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.St. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Gerogetown University, each in philosophy. He has been teaching philosophy and biomedical ethics at George Washington University since 1989. He is the author of Taking Animals Seriously (Cambridge University Press) and of articles published in such journals as Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Public Affairs Quarterly, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and Southern Journal of Philosophy.

Thomas A. Mappes holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University. He is professor of philosophy at Frostburg State University, where he has taught since 1973. He is the coeditor (with Jane S. Zembaty) of Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy (McGraw-Hill, 4/e, 1992) and his published work appears in journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly and Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. In 1985, the Frostburg State University Foundation presented him with the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 7 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780073407456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073407456
  • ASIN: 0073407453
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A competent work April 1, 2013
"Biomedical Ethics," by Thomas Mappes and David DeGrazia, now in its Seventh Edition, has been around in one form or another for more than 30 years. It is a competent though not exceptional text. It covers many of the standard issues in biomedical ethics, such as doctor-assisted suicide, abortion, the physician-patient relationship, patients' rights, decisions regarding life-sustaining treatments, experimentation on animals and human clinical trials, and healthcare reforms. Many of the standard and better-known articles in these various areas of biomedical ethics are anthologized. Each chapter is introduced by a fairly helpful (though at times somewhat dry) description of the issues written by Mappes and DeGrazia. It is not as thorough as some texts (Munson's "Intervention and Reflection" comes to mind), and it is definitely weighted toward medical ethics rather than bioethics in a broader sense, but it is certainly an appropriate text for a fairly advanced undergraduate course in the area.

The price for the paperback, which is approximately $100 is a bit steep, and the hardback edition is even more expensive. This is a drawback. But there isn't a whole lot that can be done about this. However, instructors who are looking for a reasonable text for their students might want to look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, but... February 8, 2011
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It has lots of insight, but it explains things over and over again. Kind of annoying. The articles were good, though. I give it 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
By Martha
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Great! Perfect conditions and I get it in the days that I expected
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook October 9, 2013
By Linda
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This is an excellent textbook, perfect asset and resource for bio medical ethics class discussion. However, not an easy read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great August 20, 2013
By Jessica
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I got the book for my bioethics course in nursing school. The book seemed over al well-written, had lots of case studies which were cool. Overall it was a very interesting subject and I actually enjoyed reading the text book and case studies which I normally don't do. I also feel the authors do a good job of showing both sides of the facts on some pretty controversial topics such as IVF, stem cell research, abortion etc. without choosing sides and making the reader feel like they need to choose the same side or are in the wrong for thinking a certain way. They let the reader digest the information and make their own decisions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bio-Ethics Class May 17, 2013
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I had to read this for my Bio-ethics class and it is a great book that poses interesting questions that make you really think and wonder. Overall it was a great read just very long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book January 20, 2013
The book was require for my medical ethics class... The first chapter is super boring but the cases that are in the book are very interesting..,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived when I expected it! January 17, 2013
I was very satisfied. The product arrived when it said it would. It was perfect and I have no complaints.
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