Biomedical Ethics: Humanist Perspectives
Radest (Howard B.)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. Biomedical ethics raises a host of humanistic issues. Among these are human dignity, personal autonomy, quality of life, and access to care for all. Now, more than ever, scientific discoveries and medical technologies prompt us to rethink older perspectives. Humanists have an unprecedented opportunity to shape the moral agenda of the future.
  2. In this collection of thoughtful articles from the Humanist Institute, humanist scholars from various fields explore a number of critical issues in bioethics. The moral status of the human embryo1, scientific medicine versus Eastern concepts of caregiving, the human genome project, eugenics, contraception, and the economics of healthcare are just some of the topics considered in this enlightening volume.
  3. The contributors include: Berit Brogaard, Vern Bullough, Carmela Epright, Faith Lagay, Mason Olds, Howard B. Radest, Philip Regal, Andreas S. Rosenberg, Harvey Sarles, David Schafer, Robert B. Tapp, Stephen P. Weldon, and Michael Werner.
  4. For students of ethics, healthcare practitioners and policy makers, and everyone who wishes to participate intelligently in decisions involving cure and care, this work is of great value.

Inside Cover Blurb
  1. Although the concept of medical ethics has a long and interesting history, dating back to Hippocrates and Saint Thomas, biomedical ethics is a more recent topic shaped by such modern events as the horrors of Nazi medical experimentation, the immorality of the Tuskegee study on black subjects without their informed consent, and, more recently, the case of Terri Schiavo. This fascinating area of medical ethics raises a host of primary humanistic issues that continuously need to be evaluated and re-evaluated in the light of current events, ever-progressing scientific discoveries, emerging technologies, and growing involvement of right-wing fundamentalist religion in the making of social policy. Among these issues are human dignity, personal autonomy, quality of life, and access to care for all regardless of finances. Now, more than ever, global events and human intellectual progress prompt us to rethink older perspectives, and humanists have an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the moral agenda for the future.
  2. In this collection of thoughtful articles from the Humanist Institute, scholars from various fields explore a number of critical issues in bioethics. However, the essays all coincide with three fundamental statements of humanist moral concern:
    1. that the subject is morally exigent and grows more so at an ever more rapid pace;
    2. that it is in our power to affect much of what happens in caregiving and public health; and
    3. that biomedical ethics focuses directly on the very center of humanist concern, the human being and his or her quality of life.
  3. Among the specific topics treated in this enlightening volume are the moral status of the human embryo2 and stem cell research, scientific medicine versus Eastern concepts of caregiving, the human genome project, cloning, eugenics, contraception, and the economics of healthcare.
  4. Howard B. Radest is adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort; dean emeritus of the Humanist Institute; chair of the Biomedical Ethics Committee of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center; consultant to the Ethics Committee of the South Carolina Medical Association; and consultant to the Center for Public Health Preparedness, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. His most recent book is From Clinic to Classroom: Medical Ethics and Moral Education.

Contents
    Introduction: Humanism and the New Biology
    Howard B. Radest
  1. SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES ON BIOETHICS
    1. Twenty-first Century Bioethical Problems
      → Philip Regal
    2. Bioscience and the Recovery of Nerve
      → David Schafer
    3. Bioethics of the Germline
      → Andreas S. Rosenberg
    4. The Moral Status of the Human Embryo3
      Berit Brogaard
    5. Exploring the Boundaries Between the Scientific and the Spiritual
      → Harvey Sarles
  2. EXCURSIONS INTO HISTORY
    1. Humanitas and the Human Genome
      → Faith Lagay
    2. Joseph Fletcher Revisited
      → Mason Olds
    3. Eugenics and Biotechnology
      → Stephen P. Weldon
  3. PUTTING BIOETHICS TO WORK
    1. Biology as a Window Into Therapy
      → Michael Werner
    2. Bioethics, Contraception, and Business
      → Vem L. Bullough
    3. Bioethics and Justice
      → Cannela Epright
    4. Rationing is Not a Four Letter Word
      → Howard B. Radest
    5. Poverty, Health, and Bioethics
      → Robert B. Tapp
  4. ADDENDUM
    1. Before and After Schiavo
      → Carmela Epright
    2. Prescription Drugs, Medicare Part D
      → Kristy Maker

BOOK COMMENT:
  • Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2006
  • Volume 17 of Humanism Today



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