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Biomedical Ethics Paperback – June 28, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0073407456 ISBN-10: 9780073407456 Edition: 7th

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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: 9 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2013
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"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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By USFStudent on 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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By Martha on July 7, 2014
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Great! Perfect conditions and I get it in the days that I expected
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By Linda on October 9, 2013
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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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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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By Jessiekuh on 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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