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Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings [Paperback]

Kevin D. O'Rourke , Philip J. Boyle

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Book Description

April 13 2011
In a single convenient resource, this revised and updated edition of a classic text organizes and presents clearly the documents of the Catholic Church pertaining to medical ethics. Introductory chapters provide the context for interpreting the Church's teachings and theological values, guiding the reader in how to apply the teachings to particular ethical dilemmas and helping the reader to understand the role of conscience within the Catholic tradition. The teaching of the Church in regard to health care ethics is pertinent not only for health care professionals and students, but for all who are concerned about the common good of society. "Medical Ethics" examines specific teachings of the Church on over seventy issues in clinical and research ethics, including abortion, AIDS, artificial insemination, assisted suicide, cloning, contraception, euthanasia, gene therapy, health care reform, organ donation and transplantation, organizational ethics, stem cells, surrogate motherhood, and withholding and withdrawing life support. O'Rourke and Boyle bring this fourth edition up to the present day by incorporating recent papal documents regarding the social aspects of health care, assent to Church teaching, and the 2008 papal instruction Dignitas personae, an extremely influential document that illuminates such controversial dilemmas as prenatal adoption, frozen embryos, and genetic diagnosis.

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Kevin O'Rourke, OP, is a professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Public Policy in the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Chicago. He is the coauthor of Health Care Ethics: A Theological Analysis, Fifth Edition and Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook, Third Edition. Philip J. Boyle is vice president of mission and ethics at Catholic Health East, a multi-institutional Catholic health care system. He is the coauthor of Organizational Ethics in Health Care.

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2.0 out of 5 stars No to the Kindle Edition - Academics buy the book! Aug. 27 2012
By Darren M. Henson - Published on
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This book is a very good and helpful resource, particularly for those professionals involved in the thorny issues of Catholic healthcare ethics.

Nonetheless, the Kindle edition has several problems, two of primary importance. First, the footnotes are not hyperlinked. The authors have carefully and frequently footnoted this edition. Yet to see the citation, the reader has to bookmark the footnote section in the Kindle, and then page through perhaps several screens to identify the specific citation. Secondly, the Kindle edition only offers location numbers or positions and not actual page numbers. There's no way to correspond the Kindle page to an actual page in the physical book.

While these features may seem miniscule, they are crucially important for a researcher. This e-book is worthless for someone who wants to cite something from this book, primarily because there are no page numbers.

I submitted these questions and concerns to the publisher several weeks in advance of this review. Unfortunately, they did not reply. As I acknowledged to the publisher, they have another book from 2006 that I also purchased as an e-book for Kindle, that has these very features of linked footnotes and page numbers. Why this one, published in 2011 cannot accommodate that technology remains unanswered. I'm happy to change my rating if updates can be made.
3.0 out of 5 stars okay book Feb. 23 2014
By af - Published on
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this was a required textbook for my pharmacy ethics class but i pretty much only used it as a reference. it's a little dense at times so i tended to just flip through until i found what i needed.

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