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An Error in Judgement

by Dara Culhane Talonbooks (August 01, 2014)

An analysis of the controversy surrounding the death of a Native child in Alert Bay, British Columbia.

Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients

by Dennis Rosen Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

The health-care system in the United States is by far the most expensive in the world, yet its outcomes are decidedly mediocre in comparison to those of other countries. Poor communication between doctors and...

The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo: Persons, Bodies, and Organs

by Mohammed Tabishat Lexington Books (March 21, 2014)

In The Moral Discourse of Health in Modern Cairo: Persons, Bodies, and Organs, Mohammed Tabishat uses anthropological descriptive methods and discourse analytic perspectives to focus on health care practices...

How to Build a Better Human: An Ethical Blueprint

by Gregory E. Pence Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 17, 2012)

In How to Build a Better Human, prominent bioethicist Gregory E. Pence argues if, we are careful and ethical, we can use genetics, biotechnology, and medicine in safe ethical ways for human enhancement. He looks...

Taking Biology Seriously: What Biology Can and Cannot Tell Us About Moral and Public Policy Issues

by De Inmaculada Melo-Martín Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2005)

Discussions of human biology and its consequences for ethics and public policy are often misguided. Both proponents and critics of behavioral genetics, reproductive cloning, and genetic testing have mistaken...

Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers' Bodies

by Rebecca Kukla Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 04, 2005)

Mass Hysteria examines the medical and cultural practices surrounding pregnancy, new motherhood, and infant feeding. Late eighteenth century transformations in these practices reshaped mothers' bodies, and contemporary...

Ethics by Committee: A Textbook on Consultation, Organization, and Education for Hospital Ethics Committees

by Micah D. Hester Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 05, 2007)

While tens of thousands of people across the United States serve on hospital and other healthcare ethics committees (HECs), almost no carefully prepared educational material exists for HEC members. Ethics by...

Smart Mice, Not So Smart People: An Interesting and Amusing Guide to Bioethics

by Arthur L. Caplan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 14, 2006)

What do you think about cloning, stem cell research, brain enhancement, or doing experiments on newly dead patients? Read Smart Mice, Not so Smart People and you'll know what Art Caplan thinks. But this assortment...

Ethical Issues in Biotechnology

by Richard Sherlock & John D. Morrey Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2002)

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Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good

by Donna Dickenson Columbia University Press (May 14, 2013)

Personalized healthcare—or what the award-winning author Donna Dickenson calls “Me Medicine”—is radically transforming our longstanding, “one-size-fits-all” model. Technologies such as direct-to-consumer...

Feminist, Queer, Crip

by Alison Kafer Indiana University Press (May 16, 2013)

In Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Challenging the ways in which ideas about the future and time have been deployed in the service of compulsory...

Framing ADHD Children: A Critical Examination of the History, Discourse, and Everyday Experience of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

by Adam Rafalovich Lexington Books (August 04, 2004)

An in depth study of how adults and children negotiate the meaning of ADHD within the contexts of the home, school, and clinic. Adam Rafalovich's book provides historical perspectives of ADHD alongside the everyday...

Emerging Values in Health Care: The Challenge for Professionals

by Ben Hannigan, Huw Thomas, Roisin Pill & Stephen Pattison et al. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (February 15, 2010)

This volume explains how health care professions and their values have changed over the last forty years, charting where they have come from, where they are now, and how they might develop in the future. There...

Overdosed America

by Dr. John Abramson Harper Perennial (March 05, 2013)

Overdosed America reveals the greed and corruption that drive health care costs skyward and now threaten the public health. Before you see a doctor, you should read this book.” —Eric Schlosser, author...

Bad Pharma

by Ben Goldacre Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 04, 2013)

We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who...

Race in a Bottle: The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age

by Jonathan Kahn Columbia University Press (December 11, 2012)

At a ceremony announcing the completion of the first draft of the human genome in 2000, President Bill Clinton declared, “I believe one of the great truths to emerge from this triumphant expedition inside the...


by Lawrence Schlachter & John Bechtel Skyhorse (January 03, 2017)

In 1991, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report, which revealed that as many as 98,000 patients were dying every year owing to avoidable medical error. More recent research indicates that estimate...

Mad in America

by Robert Whitaker Basic Books (September 09, 2019)

An updated edition of the classic history of schizophrenia in America, which gives voice to generations of patients who suffered through "cures" that only deepened their suffering and impaired their hope of...

Rigor Mortis

by Richard Harris Basic Books (April 03, 2017)

An essential book to understanding whether the new miracle cure is good science or simply too good to be true

American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research, but over half of these...

Bioethics, Law, and Human Life Issues: A Catholic Perspective on Marriage, Family, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technology, and Death and Dyi

by D. Brian Scarnecchia Scarecrow Press (June 02, 2010)

Bioethics, Law, and Human Life Issues: A Catholic Perspective on Marriage, Family, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technology, and Death and Dying draws on the Magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church...

The Dance of Life

by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Roger Highfield & Shaina Summerville Basic Books (February 25, 2020)

A renowned biologist's cutting-edge and unconventional examination of human reproduction and embryo research

Scientists have long struggled to make pregnancy easier, safer, and more successful. In The Dance...

You Can Stop Humming Now

by Daniela Lamas & Susannah Jones Little, Brown & Company (March 27, 2018)

For readers of Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, a book of beautifully crafted stories about what life is like for patients kept alive by modern medical technology.

Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with...

The Danger Within Us

by Jeanne Lenzer Little, Brown & Company (December 12, 2017)

Did you know...

Medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death in America.

An estimated 10 percent of Americans are implanted with medical devices -- like pacemakers, artificial hips, cardiac...

Mental Health Inc

by Art Levine Abrams Press (August 14, 2017)

The mental health system in America is hardly the front-burner issue it should be, despite lip service about reform after each new tragic mass killing. Yet every American should care deeply about fixing a system...

Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver: Honoring the Work of Leon R. Kass

by Yuval Levin, Thomas W. Merrill & Adam Schulman Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

For more than forty years Leon R. Kass has been a prolific and distinguished writer, an outstanding teacher of the humanities, and a wise interpreter of the moral implications of modern science. In Apples of...

A Dignified Ending

by D. M. D. Cohen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 08, 2019)

Each year, more than one million people and their loved-ones arrive at a decision to cease attempts at curative medical treatments and shift to hospice care, while one-in-five Americans now live in in geographical...

Historical Dictionary of Medical Ethics

by Laurence B. McCullough Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 11, 2018)

Medical ethics is the disciplined study of medical morality, with two goals: critically appraising current medical morality and identifying how it should be improved. Medical morality has three components. Physicians,...

Transdisciplinary Interfaces and Innovation in the Life Sciences

by Eunsook Hyun, Rainer Paslack & Hilmar Stolte Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (April 29, 2014)

Life science comprises any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms and their relationships to one another and the environment. By presenting the proceedings...

Communicating Care at the End of Life

by Carey Candrian Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (May 01, 2014)

While health care at the end of life is changing, the language for talking about treatment options and patient preferences around the end of life is taking longer to change. This book carefully details the way...

The Lobotomy Letters

by Mical Raz University of Rochester Press (April 25, 2013)

The rise and widespread acceptance of psychosurgery constitutes one of the most troubling chapters in the history of modern medicine. By the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Americans had been lobotomized as...

Technicians of Human Dignity: Bodies, Souls, and the Making of Intrinsic Worth

by Gaymon Bennett Fordham University Press (November 23, 2015)

Tracks the development of the concept of human dignity in post-war ethics and politics, focusing on the Vatican, the United Nations, and U.S. Federal Bioethics.

You Can Stop Humming Now

by Daniela J. Lamas Little, Brown and Company (March 27, 2018)

A critical care doctor tells stories of what life is like for patients who are kept alive by modern medical technology.

Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research....

Embryo Politics

by Thomas Banchoff Cornell University Press

Since the first fertilization of a human egg in the laboratory in 1968, scientific and technological breakthroughs have raised ethical dilemmas and generated policy controversies on both sides of the Atlantic....

Negotiating Pharmaceutical Uncertainty

by Eirik Saethre & Jonathan Stadler Vanderbilt University Press (April 25, 2017)

Telling the story of a clinical trial testing an innovative gel designed to prevent women from contracting HIV, Negotiating Pharmaceutical Uncertainty provides new insight into the complex and contradictory...

Rigor Mortis

by Richard Harris Basic Books (April 04, 2017)

An award-winning science journalist pulls the alarm on the dysfunction plaguing scientific research--with lethal consequences for us all

American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research....

A Death Retold

by Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston & Peter Guarnaccia The University of North Carolina Press (September 15, 2009)

In February 2003, an undocumented immigrant teen from Mexico lay dying in a prominent American hospital due to a stunning medical oversight--she had received a heart-lung transplantation of the wrong blood type....

If That Ever Happens to Me

by Lois Shepherd The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

Every day, thousands of people quietly face decisions as agonizing as those made famous in the Terri Schiavo case. Throughout that controversy, all kinds of people--politicians, religious leaders, legal and...

Beyond Regulations

by Nancy M. P. King, Gail E. Henderson & Jane Stein The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Across a broad range of disciplines--in medicine, social science, and the humanities--researchers, scholars, teachers, and administrators increasingly are looking for new ways to approach ethical issues in research...

Bioethics as Practice

by Judith Andre The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

Those who work in bioethics and the medical humanities come from many different backgrounds, such as health care, philosophy, law, the social sciences, and religious studies. The work they do also varies widely:...

The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn

by Edmund D. Pellegrino & H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. University of Notre Dame Press (March 01, 2008)

Edmund D. Pellegrino has played a central role in shaping the fields of bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. His writings encompass original explorations of the healing relationship, the need to place humanism...

The Worried Student's Guide to Medical Ethics and Law

by Deborah Bowman BPP Learning Media Ltd (October 01, 2011)

This book offers a unique guide to medical ethics and law for applicants to medical school, current medical students at all stages of their training, those attending postgraduate ethics courses and clinicians...

Whistleblowing and Ethics in Health and Social Care

by Angie Ash Jessica Kingsley Publishers (May 19, 2016)

Those who speak up about poor, corrupt or unethical practice often do so at a great personal cost. This timely book explores our understanding of the ethics of whistleblowing and shows how managers and organisations...

Sentenced to Science

by Allen M. Hornblum & Harriet Washington Penn State University Press (October 03, 2007)

From 1951 until 1974, Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia was the site of thousands of experiments on prisoners conducted by researchers under the direction of University of Pennsylvania dermatologist Albert M....

The Ethics of the New Eugenics

by Calum MacKellar & Christopher Bechtel Berghahn Books (March 01, 2014)

Strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in a manner considered to be positive, the genetic heritage of a child in the context of human reproduction are increasingly being accepted in contemporary society....

Thomas Pynchon

by Bénédicte Chorier-Fryd & Gilles Chamerois Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée (Pulm) (January 11, 2016)

Thomas Pynchon was born on May 8, 1937 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. He started his writing career in his high school days, published his early stories in a series of magazines, came to fame in 1963 with...

Blind Faith

by Richard P. Ph.D. Sloan St. Martin's Griffin (November 02, 2015)

Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Surgeons who pray in the OR. Pro-life clinics and end-of-life interventions, intelligent-design activists and stem-cell-research opponents. Is...

Money-Driven Medicine

by Maggie Mahar HarperCollins (March 17, 2009)

Why is medical care in the United States so expensive? For decades, Americans have taken it as a matter of faith that we spend more because we have the best health care system in the world. But as costs levitate,...

The Care of Life: Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Bioethics and Biopolitics

by Miguel de Beistegui, Giuseppe Bianco & Marjorie Gracieuse Rowman & Littlefield International (November 28, 2014)

The Care of Life: Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Bioethics and Biopolitics is a striking collection of interdisciplinary essays exploring key debates in, and the relationship between, bioethics and biopolitics....