Biomedical Ethics and the Law

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert F. Almeder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction to Ethical Theory

    1. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 1-11
  3. Abortion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-15
    2. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 17-26
    3. John Hart Ely
      Pages 27-35
    4. James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder
      Pages 37-44
    5. Baruch A. Brody
      Pages 45-55
    6. Judith Jarvis Thomson
      Pages 57-72
    7. James M. Humber
      Pages 73-89
  4. Mental Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-108
    2. Leon Eisenberg
      Pages 109-120
    3. Thomas Szasz
      Pages 121-130
    4. Ruth Macklin
      Pages 131-157
    5. Arthur Falek
      Pages 159-164
    6. Antony Duff
      Pages 165-183
    7. David L. Bazelon
      Pages 185-193
  5. Human Experimentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-213
    2. Henry K. Beecher
      Pages 215-227
    3. Michael B. Shimkin
      Pages 229-238

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, 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 the existing law further questioned. Take abortion, for example. Rather than settling the legal issue, the Supreme Court's original abortion decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), seems only to have spurred further legal debate. And of course, whether or not abortion is a mo rally ac­ ceptable procedure is still the subject of heated dispute.


Biomedical ethics Medical Ethics Moral ethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert F. Almeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-6563-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-6561-1
  • About this book