New PDF release: Bioethics: The Basics

By Alastair V. Campbell

ISBN-10: 0415504090

ISBN-13: 9780415504096

Bioethics: The Basics is an creation to the foundational ideas, theories and matters within the learn of clinical and organic ethics. Readers are brought to bioethics from the floor up sooner than being invited to contemplate essentially the most arguable yet vital questions dealing with us at the present time. themes addressed include:

  • The diversity of ethical theories underpinning bioethics
  • Arguments for the rights and wrongs of abortion, euthanasia and animal research
  • Healthcare ethics together with the character of the practitioner-patient relationship
  • Public coverage ethics and the results of world and public health

Concise, readable and authoritative, this can be the correct primer for an individual attracted to the research of bioethics.

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We noted that the development of moral character is a matter of training and habituation from early years, but, then, what of those whose childhood has been one of deprivation, parental neglect and an environment of crime and violence? It is obvious that people vary greatly in their upbringing, in their life experiences and possibly also in inherited traits of character. So why should we expect that the norm for everyone is to live a life of harmony with others, to find fulfilment in what they do and to die a ‘good death’?

The most frequent way has been to try to describe the ‘virtuous practitioner’, a health professional whom patients can trust and who provides a good role model for students and trainees. This can be helpful in practice and is clearly relevant to professional education, in which the ‘hidden curriculum’ of peer pressure and models of practice by senior practitioners are well known to have a greater effect than the ideals of professionalism promulgated in lectures. But the danger here is a kind of glorification of the professions, putting them on a pedestal above the lay public, as though they hold a monopoly on ethical ideals.

Thus the focus is shifted from the individual choices or decisions made by people in challenging situations to the enduring character of moral agents. Returning to the horrifying scene in the village square, we can sense the fear and nausea anyone must feel as he or she sees the mutilated corpses of those already executed. This is where the so called ‘yuk factor’ is important in morality, since it makes us recoil from the sheer inhumanity with which some people treat others. Yet just reacting emotionally to such scenes will never be enough in guiding us to the right moral decision.

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