Biomedical Ethics Reviews · 1984

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert T. Almeder

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Public Policy and Research with Human Subjects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Albert R. Jonsen
      Pages 3-20
  3. The Right to Health Care in a Democratic Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. James F. Childress
      Pages 47-70
  4. Genetic Screening

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Ruth Hubbard, Mary Sue Henifin
      Pages 73-120
    3. Alexander Morgan Capron
      Pages 121-149
  5. Occupational Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Thomas H. Murray, Ronald Bayer
      Pages 153-173
  6. The Ethics of Fetal Research and Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Ruth Macklin
      Pages 205-223
    3. Richard T. Hull, James A. Nelson, Lou Ann Gartner
      Pages 225-250
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-256

About this book


This is the second volume of Biomedical Ethics Reviews, a series of texts designed to review and update the literature on issues of central importance in bioethics today. Five topics are dis­ cussed in the present volume. Section I, Public Policy andRe­ search with Human Subjects, reviews the history of the moral issues involved in the history of research with human subjects, and confronts most of the major legal and moral problems involving research on human subjects. Questions addressed in this section range from those concerning informed and proxy consent to those dealing with the adequacy of monitoring hu­ man research via institutional review boards (IRBs). Section II deals with a second broad topic in bioethics, The Right to Health Care in a Democratic Society. Here the concern not merely that of determining whether there is a right to is health care, but also, if there is such a right, how it ought best be understood and implemented. To answer questions such as these, we learn that one must distinguish legal from moral rights, assess the merits of various theories of rights, clarify the relationship between rights and duties, and attempt to deter­ mine a just method for the distribution of health care. Advances in medical technology often pose new legal and moral problems for legislators and health care practitioners.


Biomedical ethics Ethical Issues Medical Ethics bioethics ethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert T. Almeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1984
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-4630-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-440-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0742-1796
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