newgen books for YA readers
Search our site
The Heart of Mars by Paul Magrs Read the opening extract of the brand new Paul Magrs book before its publication on 15/03/2018

Bioethics in a Liberal Society The Political Framework of Bioethics Decision Making by Thomas May

Bioethics in a Liberal Society The Political Framework of Bioethics Decision Making


Bioethics in a Liberal Society The Political Framework of Bioethics Decision Making by Thomas May

Issues concerning patients' rights are at the center of bioethics, but the political basis for these rights has rarely been examined. In Bioethics in a Liberal Society: The Political Framework of Bioethics Decision Making, Thomas May offers a compelling analysis of how the political context of liberal constitutional democracy shapes the rights and obligations of both patients and health care professionals. May focuses on how a key feature of liberal society-namely, an individual's right to make independent decisions-has an impact on the most important relational facets of health care, such as patients' autonomy and professionals' rights of conscience.Although a liberal political framework protects individual judgments, May asserts that this right is based on the assumption of an individual's competency to make sound decisions. May uses case studies to examine society's approach to medical decision making when, for reasons ranging from age to severe mental disorder, a person lacks sufficient competency to make independent and fully informed choices. To protect the autonomy of these vulnerable patients, May emphasizes the need for health care ethics committees and ethics consultants to help guide the decision-making process in clinical settings. Bioethics in a Liberal Society is essential reading for all those interested in understanding how bioethics is practiced within our society.


May's book is a helpful overview and introduction to the political framework of bioethics decision making within a liberal society. It touches explicitly on the issues of perceived and actual lack of competence, substituted decision making, advanced directives and the important roles of ethics committees and consultants. There is no doubt that this book marks an important contribution to the literature. -- Christopher Newell, Ph.D. * Metapsychology *

About the Author

Thomas May is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in Bioethics at the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

14th July 2009


Thomas May

More books by Thomas May
Author 'Like for Like'


Johns Hopkins University Press


152 pages


Medical ethics & professional conduct



I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters