Sexuality and Medicine

Volume II: Ethical Viewpoints in Transition

  • Earl E. Shelp

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Reproduction, Medicine, and Morals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sara Ann Ketchum
      Pages 17-37
    3. Lisa Sowle Cahill
      Pages 39-50
    4. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 51-66
  3. Society, Sexuality, and Medicine

  4. Religion, Medicine, and Moral Controversy

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 271-280

About this book


It may be unnecessary to some to publish a text on sexuality in 1986 since the popular press speaks of the sexual revolution as if it were over and was possibly a mistake. Some people characterize society as too sexually obsessed, and there is an undercurrent of desire for a return to a supposedly simpler and happier time when sex was not openly dis­ cussed, displayed, taught or even, presumedly, contemplated. Indeed, we are experiencing something of a backlash against open sexuality and sexual liberation. For example, during the '60s and '70s tolerance of homosexual persons and homosexuality increased. Of late there has been a conservative backlash against gay-rights laws. Sexual intercourse before marriage, which had been considered healthy and good, has been, of late, characterized as promiscuous. In fact, numer­ ous articles have appeared about the growing popularity of sexual abstinence. There is a renewed vigor in the fight against sex education in the schools, and an 'anti-pornography' battle being waged by those on the right and those on the left who organize under the guise of such worthy goals as deterring child abuse and rape, but who are basically uncomfortable with diverse expressions of sexuality. One would hope that such trends, and the ignorance about sex and sexuality that they reflect, would not touch medical professionals. That Dr.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Earl E. Shelp
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Religion, and Center for Ethics, Medicine, and Public IssuesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-55608-016-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-3943-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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