Biomedical Ethics 7th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0073407453
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About the Author

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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 7 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073407453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073407456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on March 21, 2012
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I bought this book because it was required by my Bioethics course, which in and of itself I love, however this text book is VERY wordy and dense. It is packed full of good information of course, but reading it can sometimes be an ordeal. It tends to repeat itself by restating the same concept three or five times in the same chapter/essay/section. At this point I skim through it to understand the concepts that my class then reinforces; unless you are a scholar and a philosopher, I don't think reading the every word of the book and cover-to-back is quite necessary.
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By Jessica on August 20, 2013
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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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I used this book in an undergraduate class in Biomedical Ethics, and it was such a good resource that I just couldn't sell it back at the end of semester. It still sits on my shelf today, and while a lot of the topics have been further explored, showing that this was published in 1990, the basic arguments spelled out by the logical essays in the book show both sides of very many difficult biomedical ethical issues. This is a good resource / bookshelf book to keep around.
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rented this book from amazon and the pages are all there which is why i gave it two stars. however, the binding of the book is completely shot, and it's really inconvenient. i cannot hold the book to read it because it further damages the book. it has to be sitting on a flat surface. leaves of pages are now starting to come off individually. overall, it gets the job done, but i'm disappointed that this book would continue to be rented.
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I wouldn't contest accuracy of any of the content. In that respect, it is an EXCELLENT text. With that being said, it was excruciatingly painful to read. For that reason, I would not recommend assigning it- there are plenty of other texts out there that don't make you want to shove a pencil through your eye...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Sutherland on September 18, 2004
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The Opposing Viewpoints series is a series of books I first found several years ago when looking for pro and con information for papers for high school students I was tutoring. They provide articles and chapters on different sides - the "opposing viewpoints" - of the arguments and topics they cover. They are written at advanced high school and early college levels.

This book on Biomedical Ethics I have used a few times. The area of biomedical ethics is a growing and diverse field because technological advances keep increasing, as do the questions that exist around the limits of life at the beginning and the end. There are also quality of life issues to consider. Some issues seem to be very simple, but others become very complex. Can we provide unlimited medical care to everyone? Who gets to decide treatment? Can a terminally ill patient decide for himself to stop treatment? Are systems set up so that they are fair?

The introduction brings up these questions. The author uses the example of Mickey Mantle, who managed to avoid the national waiting list when he needed an organ transplant -- was that fair? Since his illness was caused by years of substance abuse, is that fair? Other examples include the possible uses of the Human Genome Project, cloning, animal testing in research, and more.

This is a good and balanced book overall. It includes a good set chapters in the appendix on organizations to contact and study questions as well as excertps from original documents in the field.

The author, Terry O'Neill, is a magazine editor, has edited other volumes of this series and others for the Greenhaven Press, and taught in high school English and social studies classes.
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