Methods in Medical Ethics

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Hailed by Mark Kuczewski as an "outstanding achievement," and "must-reading for any serious student of bioethics," Methods in Medical Ethics was the first systematic examination of how the methods and analyses of a wide variety of disciplines--such as anthropology, economics, epidemiology, health services research, law, nursing, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology--could illuminate the subject of medicine and morality. In the ten years since the publication of the book educational programs in medical ethics have proliferated, as has the volume of literature in the field. The methods employed by scholars in all the disciplines working in medical ethics have continued to grow and evolve, requiring that the editors rethink and retool the book for a new generation of readers. In this second edition all chapters have been be revised and updated, with stronger and more explicit connections between methodology and the field of medical ethics. The new edition also features the following changes: First, the editors have expanded the book's coverage of philosophical methods by including a new chapter that analyzes various challenges to the traditional paradigm: gender ethics, virtue ethics, communitarianism, and discourse ethics. Second, it features a new chapter on literature and medicine, a subfield that has greatly influenced practices in clinical ethics. Third, it includes a new empirical chapter, covering the discipline of sociology. As the editors write in the foreword, medical ethics is a multi-disciplinary field that they hope will become ever more interdisciplinary.
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2010