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The Story of Bioethics From Seminal Works to Contemporary Explorations by Jennifer K. Walter

The Story of Bioethics From Seminal Works to Contemporary Explorations


The Story of Bioethics From Seminal Works to Contemporary Explorations by Jennifer K. Walter

This literally refreshing collection is based on the notion that the future of bioethics is inseparable from its past. Seminal works provide a unique and relatively unexplored vehicle for investigating not only where bioethics began, but where it may be going as well. In this volume, a number of the pioneers in bioethics - Tom Beauchamp, Lisa Sowle Cahill, James Childress, Charles E. Curran, Patricia King, H. Tristram Engelhardt, William F. May, Edmund D. Pellegrino, Warren Reich, Robert Veatch and LeRoy Walters - reflect on their early work and how they fit into the past and future of bioethics. Coming from many disciplines, generations, and perspectives, these trailblazing authors provide a broad overview of the history and current state of the field. Invaluable to anyone with a serious interest in the development and future of bioethics, at a time when new paths into medical questions are made almost daily, The Story of Bioethics is a Baedeker beyond compare.


A handsome, carefully edited, and thoughtfully indexed volume offering authors
reflections on their seminal works

... To anyone interested in the history of bioethics, or looking for insights into seminal works that guided the field during its first three decades, this is a 'must 'read.
The Hastings Center Report Far more illuminating than any history of bioethics to date. It is much more informative about the actual historical conditions of the writing of these seminal works and provides much more of an intellectual history of bioethics. Anyone who wants to know what bioethics is about should read this book. Ethically Speaking

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Publication date

7th October 2003


Jennifer K. Walter

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Georgetown University Press


264 pages


Medical ethics & professional conduct



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