Biomedical Ethics and the Law

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert F. Almeder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Daniel Callahan
      Pages 1-11
  3. Abortion

    1. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 15-16
    2. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 17-26
    3. Baruch A. Brody
      Pages 27-37
    4. Judith Jarvis Thomson
      Pages 39-54
    5. Richard B. Brandt
      Pages 55-70
    6. James M. Humber
      Pages 71-91
  4. Mental Illness

    1. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 99-100
    2. Leon Eisenberg
      Pages 101-112
    3. Thomas Szasz
      Pages 113-122
    4. Ruth Macklin
      Pages 123-149
    5. Thomas Szasz
      Pages 151-171
    6. David L. Bazelon
      Pages 173-181
  5. Human Experimentation

    1. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 189-191
    2. Henry K. Beecher
      Pages 193-205
    3. Michael B. Shimkin
      Pages 207-216
    4. Arthur J. Dyck, Herbert W. Richardson
      Pages 243-259
    5. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 277-298
  6. Human Genetics

    1. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 305-306
    2. Kurt Hirschhorn
      Pages 339-350
    3. Lawrence P. Ulrich
      Pages 351-360
    4. Thomas L. Beauchamp
      Pages 361-373
    5. Alexander M. Capron
      Pages 375-397
    6. Herbert A. Lubs
      Pages 399-413
  7. Dying

    1. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 423-425
    2. Jonas Robitscher
      Pages 427-445
    3. Henry David Aiken
      Pages 465-475
    4. Robert S. Morison
      Pages 477-487
    5. Alexander M. Capron, Leon R. Kass
      Pages 489-522
    6. Barbara Mackinnon
      Pages 523-532
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 539-541

About this book


In the past few years an increasing number of colleges and universities have added courses in biomedical ethics to their curricula. To some extent, these additions serve to satisfy student demands for "relevance. " But it is also true that such changes reflect a deepening desire on the part of the academic community to deal effectively with a host of problems which must be solved if we are to have a health-care delivery system which is efficient, humane, and just. To a large degree, these problems are the unique result of both rapidly changing moral values and dramatic advances in biomedical technology. The past decade has witnessed sudden and conspicuous controversy over the morality and legality of new practices relating to abortion, therapy for the mentally ill, experimentation using human subjects, forms of genetic interven­ tion, suicide, and euthanasia. Malpractice suits abound and astronomical fees for malpractice insurance threaten the very possibility of medical and health-care practice. Without the backing of a clear moral consensus, the law is frequently forced into resolving these conflicts only to see the moral issues involved still hotly debated and the validity of existing law further questioned. In the case of abortion, for example, the laws have changed radically, and the widely pub­ licized recent conviction of Dr. Edelin in Boston has done little to foster a moral consensus or even render the exact status of the law beyond reasonable question.


Biomedical ethics Medical Ethics ethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert F. Almeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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