© 1985

Biomedical Ethics Reviews · 1985

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert F. Almeder

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Buying, Selling, and Brokering Human Organs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. Samuel Gorovitz
      Pages 5-12
    3. Samuel Gorovitz
      Pages 27-33
  3. Sex Preselection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-38
    2. Helen Bequaert Holmes
      Pages 39-71
    3. Mary Anne Warren
      Pages 73-89
  4. Medical Decisionmaking Under Uncertainty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-95
    2. Bernard Boxill
      Pages 97-108
    3. Martin Benjamin
      Pages 109-126
  5. Concepts of Health and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-130
    2. William Bechtel
      Pages 131-170
    3. Suzanne Poirier
      Pages 171-180
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-184

About this book


Biomedical Ethics Reviews: 1985 is the third volume in a series of texts designed to review and update the literature on issues of central impor­ tance in bioethics today. Four topics are discussed in the present volume: ( 1) Should citizens of the United States be permitted to buy, sell, and broker human organs? (2) Should sex preselection be legally proscribed? (3) What decision-making procedure should medical per­ sonnel employ in those cases where there is a high degree of uncer­ tainty? (4) What do we mean when we use the terms "health" and "disease"? Each topic constitutes a separate section in our text; intro­ ductory essays briefly summarize the contents of each section. Bioethics is, by its nature, interdisciplinary in character. Recognizing this fact, the authors represented in the present volume have made every effort to minimize the use of technical jargon. At the same time, we believe the purpose of providing a review of the recent literature, as well as of advancing bioethical discussion, is admirably served by the pieces collected herein. We look forward to the next volume in our series, and very much hope the reader will also.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert F. Almeder
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyGeorgia State University, University PlazaAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biomedical Ethics Reviews · 1985
  • Editors James M. Humber
    Robert F. Almeder
  • Series Title Biomedical Ethics Reviews
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 1985
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-093-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-4634-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-441-2
  • Series ISSN 0742-1796
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
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