Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Ethics

  • John W. Davis
  • Barry Hoffmaster
  • Sarah Shorten

Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Ethics book series (CIBES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Right and Moral Decisions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xxix-xxix
    2. John Ladd
      Pages 1-35
    3. Barry Hoffmaster
      Pages 37-42
    4. Robert Audi
      Pages 43-62
  3. Issues in Genetics

  4. The Role of the Physician

  5. Informed Consent and Paternalism

  6. Professional Responsibility

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-300

About this book


Not long ago, a colleague chided me for using the term "the biological revolution. " Like many others, I have employed it as an umbrella term to refer to the seemingly vast, rapidly-moving, and fre­ quently bewildering developments of contemporary biomedicine: psy­ chosurgery, genetic counseling and engineering, artificial heart-lung machines, organ transplants-and on and on. The real "biological revo­ lution," he pointed out, began back in the nineteenth century in Europe. For it was then that death rates and infant mortality began to decline, the germ theory of disease was firmly established, Darwin took his famous trip on the Beagle, and Gregor Mendel stumbled on to some fundamental principles of heredity. My friend, I think, was both right and wrong. The biological revolution did have its roots in the nineteenth century; that is when it first began to unfold. Yet, like many intellectual and scientific upheav­ als, its force was not felt for decades. Indeed, it seems fair to say that it was not until after the Second World War that the full force of the earlier discoveries in biology and medicine began to have a major impact, an impact that was all the more heightened by the rapid bi­ omedical developments after the war.


Biomedical ethics Ethics autonomy biomedicine dynamics health medical ethics morality

Editors and affiliations

  • John W. Davis
    • 1
  • Barry Hoffmaster
    • 1
  • Sarah Shorten
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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