Bioethics, Public Health, and the Social Sciences for the Medical Professions

An Integrated, Case-Based Approach

  • Amy E. Caruso Brown
  • Travis R. Hobart
  • Cynthia B. Morrow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amy E. Caruso Brown
      Pages 3-15
    3. Amy E. Caruso Brown
      Pages 17-35
  3. Core Principles in Ethics and Public Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
  4. Community Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Jordana L. Gilman, Sarah Cumbie Reckess
      Pages 79-97
    3. Travis R. Hobart
      Pages 99-122
  5. Healthcare Systems and Comparative Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Caitlin M. Nye
      Pages 125-144
    3. Martha A. Wojtowycz, Ahmed A. Malik
      Pages 145-162
  6. Decision-Making for Children and Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Manika Suryadevara, Joseph B. Domachowske
      Pages 165-184
  7. Trauma, Violence, and Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Christopher R. Botash
      Pages 207-230
  8. Choices and Care at the End of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Sharon A. Brangman
      Pages 251-267
    3. Anthony Michael Zepeda
      Pages 269-285
  9. Quality of Life in the Context of Disability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Jeremy French-Lawyer, Margaret A. Turk
      Pages 289-313
    3. Robert Roger Lebel
      Pages 315-332
  10. Medical Mistakes and Patient Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Kendra Harris
      Pages 335-348
    3. Theresa Baxter
      Pages 349-366
  11. Conducting Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Gregory L. Eastwood
      Pages 369-387
    3. Gregory L. Eastwood
      Pages 389-405
  12. Stigma and Marginalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. Lauren Hall Mutrie, Janet H. Goode
      Pages 429-449
  13. Global Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. Amy E. Caruso Brown, Cynthia B. Morrow
      Pages 453-475
  14. Evaluation and Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 493-493
    2. Lauren J. Germain
      Pages 495-499
    3. Lauren J. Germain
      Pages 501-506
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 507-527

About this book


This unique textbook utilizes an integrated, case-based approach to explore how the domains of bioethics, public health and the social sciences impact individual patients and populations. It provides a structured framework suitable for both educators (including course directors and others engaged in curricular design) and for medical and health professions students to use in classroom settings across a range of clinical areas and allied health professions and for independent study. 

The textbook opens with an introduction, describing the intersection of ethics and public health in clinical practice and the six key themes that inform the book's core learning objectives, followed by a guide to using the book. It then presents 22 case studies that address a broad spectrum of patient populations, clinical settings, and disease pathologies. Each pair of cases shares a core concept in bioethics or public health, from community perspectives and end-of-life care to medical mistakes and stigma and marginalization. They engage learners in rigorous clinical and ethical reasoning by prompting readers to make choices based on available information and then providing additional information to challenge assumptions, simulating clinical decision-making. In addition to providing a unique, detailed clinical scenario, each case is presented in a consistent format, which includes learning objectives, questions and responses for self-directed learning, questions and responses for group discussion, references, and suggested further reading. All cases integrate the six themes of patient- and family-centered care; evidence-based practice; structural competency; biases in decision-making; cultural humility and awareness of the culture of medicine; and justice, social responsibility and advocacy. The final section discusses some challenges to evaluating courses and learning encounters that adopt the cases and includes a model framework for learner assessment.


Bioethics Decision-making Evidence-based practice Global health Marginalization Medical ethics Patient-centered care Population health Public health Public policy Social medicine Social responsibility Structural competency

Editors and affiliations

  • Amy E. Caruso Brown
    • 1
  • Travis R. Hobart
    • 2
  • Cynthia B. Morrow
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/OncologySUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health and Preventive MedicineSUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Department of InterprofessionalismVirginia Tech Carilion School of MedicineRoanokeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03543-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03544-0
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