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Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 329–331 | Cite as

Sandra Shapshay. ed. 2009. Bioethics at the movies

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-8018-9078-9. 380 pp.
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Bioethics at the Movies is an anthology exploring fiction films from a bioethical perspective. The book is about the cultural significance of film, linking bioethical principles underpinning clinical and scientific practice in the porous way seen in life. Films reviewed in this book had theatrical releases after modern bioethics was initiated by the Nuremberg Code in 1947; however, bioethical analysis of film has emerged only in the past twenty years, coinciding with the rapid proliferation of new technologies to access screen narratives.

The book’s introduction helps readers consider ways that film reflects and influences bioethical issues. Shapshay outlines some of these effects as pedagogical and others as experimental. Pitfalls of using films to explore bioethics are also examined. Among these pitfalls is the over-mining of film for application to moral philosophy, thus risking the loss of the filmmakers’ intended vision. Though designed as a companion for university bioethics and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.San Francisco Department of Public HealthLaguna Honda HospitalSan FranciscoUSA

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