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Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics (Catholic Moral Thought) Hardcover – December 5, 2011


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  • Series: Catholic Moral Thought
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America Press (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813218810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813218816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., is a Catholic priest in the Order of Friars Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. Born in the Philippines, he completed his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. At M.I.T., Fr. Austriaco worked in the laboratory of Professor Leonard Guarente on the genetics of aging in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After completing his doctoral studies, he was a fellow of the International Human Frontier Science Program at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University College London in the United Kingdom.

In 1997, following a deeper conversion to the Lord, Fr. Austriaco entered the novitiate of the Order of Friars Preachers. He completed both his Pontifical Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology and his Master's of Divinity Degree at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in 2003. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 2004. In 2005, he earned his Pontifical License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) for a thesis in moral theology entitled, Life and Death from the Systems Perspective: A Thomistic Bioethics for a Post-Genomic Age, also at the Dominican House of Studies. He is currently pursuing a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D) from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Fr. Austriaco currently serves as an Associate Professor of Biology and an Instructor of Theology at Providence College in Providence, RI. He is also an Investigator of the Rhode Island-INBRE Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a scientific advisor at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and an ethics consultant for St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island.

Fr. Austriaco has intellectual interests both in molecular and cellular genetics and in moral theology. His laboratory at Providence College is investigating the genetics of programmed cell death using the yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, as model organisms. Papers describing his research have been published in PLoS ONE, FEMS Yeast Research, Cell, the Journal of Cell Biology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, among others. His essays in bioethics have been published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Studia Moralia, Ethics and Medics, and the Linacre Quarterly. Finally, Fr. Austriaco's first book, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, is scheduled to be published by the Catholic University of America Press in November of 2011.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Thomas on March 2, 2014
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I felt I had to write a review of this book after reading one of the prior reviews. Quite frankly, there is not enough ethics training even among educated people today. As a practicing physician, I have had to get most of my ethics training through self-education as there was very little of it in medical school or residency, and even then, the conversations seemed more like exercises in justification rather than scholarship based on true philosophical underpinnings. Fortunately, there are trustworthy, thoughtful sources such as the text written by Fr. Nicanor. Don't hesitate to buy this book, you will be in good hands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on October 23, 2013
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Biomedicine and Beatitude by Nicanor Austriaco is a well-written and clearly worded book about Christian medical ethics. However, it becomes a much broader argument that people are overlooking "natural law" thanks to "medical breakthroughs." The chapter Bioethics and Human Procreation raises questions that not only argue on behalf of Catholicism, but on behalf of basic morals as well. One issue he brings up is how condoms can prevent pregnancy and HIV, but what if you're already engaging in risky behavior? Will condoms prevent all the other problems you can acquire? The chapter on organ donation doesn't deride the practice; on the contrary, he argues that it's a noble gesture. But at what point is the patient legally dead? Are you morally accountable if your donated kidney or heart wasn't donated at all, but taken without consent?

Consent is another debate in this book with no concrete solution. The author makes very clear the church's opposition to in vitro fertilization and fertility drugs. Take Nadya Suleman, the infamous "Octomom" as an example (though she's not used expressly in this book.) She consented to having the embryos implanted in her uterus, so she wasn't forced to do anything. But should her physician have said no? Look at it this way; dogs and puppies have lots of nipples with which to feed their massive litters. But humans only have two, and rarely give birth in multiples. This is one aspect of Evolution that even the church would probably agree with.

This book should be required reading for anyone considering a career in medicine. It's a great treatise on ethics.
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Pertinent for any foing work in virtue studies. Key themes addressed. Worth the read. Buy this book together with Pinckaers' Reader if you would have fuller context for inderstandkng. Both great contributions. Highly recommend!
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