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Medical Ethics at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Edited by Edited by Raphael Cohen-Almagor (University of Haifa, Israel)
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Medical Ethics at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Published: September 2000

Volume 913

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Questions concerning the role of doctors, abortion, mercy killings, and genetics require a thorough examination and careful probing. This volume takes a major step toward tackling them, with an overview of some of the pressing themes in medical ethics. Its design is both interdisciplinary and comparative, offering philosophical, legal, and medical perspectives. Scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel analyze how their respective countries try to cope with and find answers for major concerns. The essays revolve around three main themes: appropriate roles for doctors, decisions at the beginning and end of life, and medical ethics in the age of biotechnology.

The authors cover a wide range of theoretical and practical issues concerning a variety of problems that doctors, ethicists, and scientists confront time and again. They consider the philosophical difficulties inherent in the concepts of medical ethics, but also consider practical judicial problems arising from biotechnology. All the authors share a belief in the urgency of the need to find adequate answers for pressing concerns. They probe ways to discover how we can learn from our past to promote better, more workable medical ethics in the future.

This volume is out of print.