, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 59-63
Date: 30 Oct 2012

Barbara Maier and Warren A. Shibles: The philosophy and practice of medicine and bioethics: A naturalistic-humanistic approach

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The Philosophy and Practice of Medicine and Bioethics: A Naturalistic-Humanistic Approach is the result of discussions and the sharing of ideas between Barbara Maier, a gynecologist and obstetrician (at the University Hospital in Salzburg, Austria) with a PhD in Ethics in Medicine, and Warren A. Shibles, a philosophy professor (at the University of Wiscosin, Whitewater) who passed away in 2007. As stated in the introduction (“The Rationale Behind the Book”), their contribution focuses on the philosophy of medicine, which for the authors means “a more encompassing and philosophical discipline than bioethics” and “a critique of the concepts and methods used in medicine” (p. xix). From their point of view, this discipline examines the most relevant ethical terms and the problematic issues faced in medical practice as well as the main moral approaches and methods applied to medicine, without providing specific or absolute recommendations. Through this contribution, Maier and Shibles sugges