Biomedical Ethics Reviews · 1983

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert F. Almeder

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Euthanasia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. Robert Baker
      Pages 5-28
    3. James Rachels
      Pages 29-42
  3. Surrogate Gestation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-46
    2. Theodore M. Benditt
      Pages 47-68
    3. Lisa H. Newton
      Pages 69-90
  4. The Distribution of Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-93
    2. Robert Almeder
      Pages 95-105
    3. N. Fotion
      Pages 107-126
  5. The Involuntary Commitment and Treatment of Mentally Ill Persons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-130
    2. Robert L. Arrington
      Pages 149-159
  6. Patenting New Life Forms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-164
    2. L. B. Cebik
      Pages 165-186
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-209

About this book


In the past decade the body of literature in the area of biomedical ethics has expanded at an astounding rate. Indeed, on every major topic, the literature in this area has mUltiplied, and continues to do so, so rapidly that one can easily fall behind important advances in our thinking about and understanding of the problems of contemporary bioethics. Awareness of this need to keep apace of developments in the area prompted a recent reviewer of our earlier collection Biomedical Ethics and the Law (Plenum, 2nd edition, 1979) to suggest that somebody ought to offer the service of providing a biennial review or update of the literature on the various central topics in bioethics. Thomas Lanigan, of The Humana Press, agreed with this last sug­ gestion and so asked us to edit a series of texts consisting of previously unpublished essays on selected topics, a series that would seek to re­ view and update recent literature on the central topics, while also striv­ ing to advance distinctive solutions to the problems on the topics under discussion. Accordingly, this first collection of previously unpublished essays focuses on the selected topics, and the authors commissioned were charged with addressing the basic problems assigned while also bringing the reader either directly or indirectly up to date on the rele­ vant literature.


Biomedical ethics Ethical Issues Ethics diagnosis health medical ethics morality

Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert F. Almeder
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1983
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-4632-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-439-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0742-1796
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