CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook: Case Studies, Commentaries and Activities

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

9-1-2001

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

5

Issue/No.

42

Abstract

Excerpt

The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook is an introductory text for students new to the field. As a teacher in this field for nearly twenty years, I have examined many books with an eye toward their possible use in a university course. The Cambridge
Medical Ethics Workbook
is admirably different than most. Two kinds of textbooks dominate the field of medical ethics. The first type includes anthologies that gather together a number of articles on an array of topics written by professionals in the field (usually philosophers, lawyers, or physicians) usually
prefaced with an introductory chapter by the editor(s) who outline for readers the various approaches to philosophical ethics that have dominated the field in the modern era (deontological approaches, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, the ethics of care). The second type includes those that are authored by one expert (or two or three) that presents his or her (or their) own take on the issues.

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