How far is too far? 60 cases illustrating modern bioethical dilemmas
Bioethics for Beginners maps the giant dilemmas posed by new technologies and medical choices, using 60 cases taken from our headlines, and from the worlds of medicine and science. This eminently readable book takes it one case at a time, shedding light on the social, economic and legal side of 21st century medicine while giving the reader an informed basis on which to answer personal, practical questions. Unlocking the debate behind the headlines, this book combines clear thinking with the very latest in science and medicine, enabling readers to decide for themselves exactly what the scientific future should hold.
Glenn McGee constantly breathes life into bioethics by ferreting out the interesting, the unusual, and the important ethical issues. Bioethics for Beginners is a brilliant introduction to the ethical issues that make science really interesting, and a masterfully written read that combines scholarship, humor and humility.
-Chris Mooney, author, The Republican War on Science and The Republican Brain
In a concise and matter-of-fact fashion, McGee stacks explosive issue upon explosive issue, from abhorrent clinical trials to the radical research that undermines our sense of humanity. An essential guide to the bioethics powder keg.
-Richard Gallagher, Editor-in-Chief at Lives: New Answers for Global Health and co-founder of Hopeful Monster Publishing
With its approachable style and diverse content, Bioethics for Beginners is proof that bioethics is neither stale nor reserved for the ivory towers of academia.
- Nathan A. Kottkamp, Founder, National Healthcare Decisions Day; Partner, McGuireWoods, LLP
Table of Contents
- Caution 1 Tip-Toe When Walking on the Bleeding Edge
- Case 1 The Dangers of Creating Life in the Lab
- Case 2 Design: More Intelligent Every Day
- Case 3 “Shroom” Science: Safe and Effective?
- Case 4 A Robot Code of Ethics
- Case 5 No More Periods, Period
- Case 6 Search Me, Shape Me, Any Way You Want Me
- Case 7 A Bloody Mess
- Case 8 Stem Cells: The Goo of Life and the Debate of the Century
- Caution 2 Everybody Lies
- Case 9 Lies, Damn Lies . . . and Scientific Misconduct
- Case 10 Conflict of Interest Means Business at NIH
- Case 11 While You’re Here, How about a Spinal Tap?
- Case 12 Study Subject or Human Guinea Pig?
- Case 13 The New Tuskegee: Exploiting the Poor in Clinical Trials
- Case 14 Salt in the Wound: Will India Rise up. Against the Oppression of Foreign Clinical Trials?
- Case 15 Dr. Hwang and the Bad Apple Theory of Scientific Misconduct
- Caution 3 The Genome Isn’t What It Used to Be
- Case 16 Becoming Genomic: Just What Does it Mean Anyway?
- Case 17 Enhancement Comes from Insecurity
- Case 18 Wearing Genes from the Gulf War
- Caution 4 Reproduce at Your Own Peril
- Case 19 Tomorrow’s Child: Making Babies in the Twenty-First Century
- Case 20 An Argument against Human Cloning
- Case 21 Two Genetic Moms: High-Tech Trouble or Double the Love?
- Case 22 Grave Robbing the Cradle
- Case 23 Baby Banking
- Case 24 Cash Strapped American Fertility Docs Cry Out for Mercy
- Caution 5 Don’t Sweat the Nano-Sized Stuff
- Case 25 “Nanoethics”: The ELSI of Twenty-First-Century Bioethics?
- Case 26 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
- Case 27 The Merging of Man and Machine
- Case 28 My Eye’s on You
- Caution 6 The State Will Protect Your Health Right Up Until It Doesn’t
- Case 29 Has the Spread of HPV Vaccine Marketing Conveyed Immunity to Common Sense?
- Case 30 Is the New Cigarette a Smoking Gun? Eclipse Unethical, Unregulated Research
- Case 31 “Universal” Healthcare: A Long Way Off
- Case 32 Newborn Screening with a Twist
- Case 33 HIV Testing Must Be Routine
- Case 34 Re-creating Flu: A Recipe for Disaster
- Case 35 Pandemic Influenza Requires Trust in Government Healthcare
- Case 36 A Hostile Environment for Environmental Protection Documents
- Case 37 To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine, Is That the Question?
- Caution 7 “Do No Harm” Has Become “Care for Yourself ”
- Case 38 Medicine Is Not a Steel Mill
- Case 39 Does Your Doctor Have Skeletons? Good Luck Finding Them
- Case 40 Medicine’s Dirty Laundry
- Case 41 Dr. Koop: Meet Dr. Ethics
- Case 42 Organ Donation: Why Isn’t There an App for That?
- Case 43 Docu-Medical Shows Lack Reality
- Caution 8 You Aren’t Dead Until Someone Tells You So
- Case 44 Redefining Retirement: Beyond Rest and Recreation
- Case 45 Medicare Is Going South: What Do We Owe the Aging?
- Case 46 The Fight to Die Well: We Will Expect More from Death Than Our Ancestors Did
- Case 47 The Case of the Body Snatchers
- Case 48 A Few Conclusions from the Terri Schiavo Case
- Case 49 Living Wills Save Money? Dude, Did You Really Say That Out Loud?
- Case 50 The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Ambien
- Caution 9 Eat Only Food for Thought
- Case 51 Fat in America
- Case 52 Breakfast for Thought
- Case 53 Want Fish? Ethics First, Please
- Case 54 Dying for Food
- Caution 10 Beware of Ideologues and Demagogues
- Case 55 Bioethics for Christians, Corporate Whores, and Atheists
- Case 56 Pharma Owns Bioethics (and Other Fables)
- Case 57 The Kevorkianization of Cloning
- Case 58 Not in the Bush Leagues Anymore
- Case 59 Professor Hurlbut, Your 15 Minutes Are Up
- Case 60 The Heady Days of Proposition 71: Stem Cell Research in the California Sun
- Conclusion: Move Slowly and Stay Cool
- A Hot and Cold Running Genius
- Science Must Slow Its Speed
- Sources and Credits
Dr. Glenn McGee is President of the Division of Research Ethics at Celltex Therapeutics, a stem cell research company in Houston, Texas. He held two successive endowed chairs in bioethics after serving for a decade as professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics. He is the founding editor of The American Journal of Bioethics and a leading authority on ethical issues in science and medicine. McGee has been a columnist for The Scientist, New York Times News Service, and MSNBC, and a frequent guest and commentator for National Public Radio, CNN, Fox, CBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Oprah, among others. McGee's books include The Perfect Baby (2nd edn., 2000), The Human Cloning Debate (with A. Caplan, 4th edn., 2004), and the best-selling Beyond Genetics: The User's Guide to DNA (2004). In addition, he has authored hundreds of scholarly papers about ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine.