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Principles of Health Care Ethics. Richard Edmund Ashcroft et al. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 2007.
With a distinguished international panel of contributors working at the leading edge of academia, this volume presents a comprehensive guide to the field, with state of the art introductions to the wide range of topics in modern healthcare ethics, from consent to human rights, from utilitarianism to feminism, from the doctor-patient relationship to xenotransplantation. (Taubman Health Sciences: R 724 .P69 2007)

From Clinic to Classroom: Medical Ethics and Moral Education. Howard B. Radest. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000.
The current development of biomedical ethics is a source of radical critique not only in the clinic, but also in the classroom. This volume argues that today's moral education is too abstract to be effective and would benefit from the adoption of the practical approach, which is typical of biomedical ethics--"thinking with cases." In presenting this approach, Radest explores various issues of moral epistemology and advocates the urgency of realism and decision in ethics, offering a “philosopher’s perspective” on medical ethics. The use of a rich and complex literature drawn from biomedical ethics, pedagogy, and philosophy serves to stimulate the reader to think through the moral complexity and ambivalence of modern experience. (Taubman Health Sciences: R 725.5 .R331 2000)

Classic Cases in Medical Ethics : Accounts of the Cases that have Shaped Medical Ethics, with Philosophical, Legal, and Historical Backgrounds. Gregory E. Pence. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
This collection provides an in depth look at the real cases defining the field of medical ethics. A popular text among teachers and students alike, the book contains much more detail than most other casebooks, enriching each famous (or infamous) case with important background, history and context. In addition, it illuminates each case with a discussion of the pertinent philosophical theories and ethical issues behind it. (Reviewed by (Taubman Health Sciences: R 724 .P361 2004)

The Ethics of Health Care: a Guide for Clinical Practice. Raymond S. Edge and John Randall Groves. Florence, KY: Delmar Learning, 2006.
This book introduces readers to the basic principles and language of ethics in health care. It provides a background in value development and ethical theories, including numerous real-life examples to stimulate discussion and thought. Challenging exercises enable learners to explore the theoretical positions introduced in the book and practice their own decision-making skills. (Taubman Health Sciences [Older Edition]: R 724 .E271 1994) (Available online

Preparing for the Medical School Admission Interview: Ethical and Economic Issues Confronting Today’s Practicing Physicians: A Synopsis. Charles F. Thurber, M.D., M.A. 2004.
This self-published manuscript is available for purchase and download at the URL provided above. It covers questions like, Is it ever acceptable to lie to a patient? In a short, case-by-case presentation, Thurber provides the argument, the sides, additional readings and related issues. (Available in the Reserve Collection of The Career Center’s Library) (

Bioethics: Principles, Issues and Cases. Lewis Vaughn. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010.
The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and accessible introduction available, the book explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues, offering students a truly unique hybrid text that combines introductory and explanatory material; a wide variety of current readings; classic and contemporary cases; and robust pedagogy. (Adapted review from (Shapiro Undergraduate - R 724 .V38 2010) (Taubman Health Sciences: R 724 .V38 2010)

Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 5v. 3d ed.
A comprehensive resource on bioethics. Alphabetical entries on a variety of topics in the field. The authors try and fairly represent both sides of each issue, allowing for a more complete picture of the complexity inherent in bioethics. (Taubman Health Sciences: QH 332 .E521 2004)

Bioethics for Pre-Med Students
Premedical students face many bioethical issues, including shadowing physicians, working in labs, and participating in the Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs) many medical schools now use. The Columbia University Master of Science in Bioethics program provides this page of resources to help premed students address these complex issues.

The Hastings Center Forum
The Hastings Center is a non-partisan research institution dedicated to bioethics.  They provide a forum/blog which provides discussion around current issues in bioethics. - - from the Hastings Center, About Us website (

Journal of Medical Ethics Blog
Analysis and discussion of developments in the medical ethics field. - - from the Journal of Medical Ethics Blog main website (

American Medical Association (AMA) Code of Medical Ethics
An important division of the AMA, the Ethics Group works to improve patient care and the health of the public by examining and promoting physician professionalism. - - from the AMA Medical Ethics website (

The New England Journal of Medicine Medical Ethics Articles
Provides ability to browse articles in the New England Journal of Medicine related to Medical Ethics.

American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics Manual - 6th edition
ACP's Ethics Manual is the foundation of College policy on medical ethics and professionalism. - - from the ACP online ethics manual website (

Peter Ubel
Personal blog of Physician and Behavioral Scientist from Duke University.  His research and writing explore the quirks in human nature that influence our lives -- the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness, and the way our society functions.  Includes posts on ethics.- - from the Peter Ubel website, About (

British Medical Association
Provides an ethics “toolkit” for students which includes:  a general introduction to common ethical problems and practical ways of thinking about ethical problems to help solve issues which arise - - from the BMA website (

A History of Medical Ethics
Dr. Sherwin Nuland, a writer about difficult topics including his own battles with depression, provides an interesting discussion of the history of medical ethics from Hippocrates to the present. In his talk, Dr. Nuland seeks to illuminate the extraordinary ethical pressures exerted on today's doctors by technology, economics, and end-of-life issues. - - from the presentation at the Chicago Humanities Festival on YouTube) (

World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual
Provides a basic, universally used, curriculum for the teaching of medical ethics.  Specifically structured to reinforce and strengthen the ethical mindset and practice of physicians and provide tools to find ethical solutions to these dilemmas. It is an attempt to sensitize the conscience of the physician, which is the basis for all sound and ethical decision-making.  Includes case studies. - - from the Foreword (pg. 5) of the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science
NY Times article on April 13, 2012 by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL about how Medical Admissions Testing is changing to incorporate social and behavioral sciences and critical analysis and reading that will require students to analyze passages covering areas like ethics and cross-cultural studies. - - from NY Times website.

Human Dignity in Bioethics by Stephen Dilley (ed.); Nathan J. Palpant (ed.)
Call Number: QH332 .H846 2013; Publication Date: 2012
A collection of essays that examine the concept of human dignity from its metaphysical foundations to its polemical deployment in bioethical controversies. Contains three parts:  Part 1 analyzes human dignity through a worldview lens, exploring the source and meaning of human dignity from naturalist, postmodernist, Protestant, and Catholic vantages, respectively.  Part 2 examines the legitimacy of the concept of dignity in documents by international political bodies, the role of dignity in American jurisprudence, and the implications―and challenges―for dignity posed by Darwinism. Part 3 shifts from macro-level topics to concrete applications by examining the rhetoric of human dignity in specific controversies: embryonic stem cell research, abortion, human-animal chimeras, euthanasia and palliative care, psychotropic drugs, and assisted reproductive technologies. - - from

Bioethics : principles, issues, and cases / Lewis Vaughn
Call number:  R 724 .V38 2013; Publication Date:  2013
Explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues. Opening with a thorough introduction to ethics, bioethics, and moral reasoning, it then covers influential moral theories and the criteria for evaluating them. Integrating eighty-five readings, numerous cases, and abundant pedagogical tools, the book addresses the most provocative and controversial topics in bioethics. - - from

Medical ethics / edited by Michael Boylan
Call number: R 724 .B65 2014; Publication Date:  2014
Deals with a broad range of significant issues in bioethics, and presents the reader with the latest developments. Contains an accessible introduction for beginners, offering a combination of important established essays and new essays.  Also, provides a grounding for understanding the ethical dimensions of medicine and healthcare. Includes a short story on organ allocation, providing a vivid approach to the issue for readers. Provides students with the tools to write their own case study essays. - - from Wiley Blackwell (Publisher)

The good doctor : a father, a son, and the evolution of medical ethics / Barron H. Lerner, MD.
Call number:  R725.5 .L47 2014; Publication Date:  2014
The author compares his father's approach to medicine with the bioethics that are applied today.- - from

Ethics in Medicine by Shabih H. Zaidi
Call number:  ebook; Publication Date:  2014
Medical ethics and the medical profession are inseparable, yet the formal teaching of medical ethics is a relatively new phenomenon. Since the introduction of managed health care, with the physician becoming a 'health provider' and the patient a 'client', the whole concept of medical ethics has undergone a sea change. The contractual relationship between the provider and the client engenders caution and precaution, resulting in defensive medicine. This book both presents a succinct history of medical ethics and discusses a wide range of important ethical dilemmas in the provision of modern health care. A synopsis is provided of ethics through the ages and the role of ethics in the evolution of medicine. Principles and sources of medical ethics, as well as different religious and secular perspectives, are explained. Ethical concerns in relation to a variety of specific issues are then examined. - - from the back cover