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Well and Good, third edition

A Case Study Approach to Biomedical Ethics

by John E. Thomas & Wilfrid J. Waluchow

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ethics & moral philosophy, ethics
list price: $32.95
category: Philosophy
published: 1998
publisher: Broadview Press

Well and Good presents a combination of "classic" and little-known but real-life cases. Included are a range of cases involving nurses and other health professionals as well as many involving doctors. The cases in the main body of the book are accompanied by the editors' impartial discussions of the issues involved. The final section is comprised of unanalysed cases for further study.For the new edition, the introduction has been expanded to include discussions of feminist bioethics and of virtue ethics, alongside the Kantian, Rossian and utilitarian frameworks discussed in previous editions. Most of the existing cases have been updated to reflect these additional foci, and four analysed cases have been added. Several cases have been added to the group of unanalysed cases, which now includes questions for discussion. Among cases new to this edition are the "mercy killing" case of Robert Latimer, the assisted suicide of Sue Rodriguez, the pregnancy solvent-abuse case of Ms. G., and a case involving sex-selection and abortion on gender grounds.

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Contributor notes

Wilfrid Waluchow is a professor in the Philosophy Department at McMaster University. His other works include Inclusive Legal Positivism (OUP); John Thomas, one of Canada's leading bioethicists, died in 1997.

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Editorial Reviews

"superb...wide in scope but concrete in the way it grapples with these problems. It illuminates both the moral and the technical aspects of the field."

— Daniel Callahan

"There are so few books like this...very helpful in showing how ethical theory can be applied in real life."

— Mary Bockover

"Well and Good covers a diverse range of issues using medically detailed cases. I particularly like how it addresses clinic and home settings as well as hospitals."

— Connie Perry

"Many of the cases hit on the crucial issues in an illuminating way; I will adopt this book for my students."

— Nancy Matchett
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