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  1. Tomasz Żuradzki (forthcoming). Moral Uncertainty in Bioethical Argumentation: A New Understanding of the Pro-Life View on Early Human Embryos. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-17.
    In this article, I present a new interpretation of the pro-life view on the status of early human embryos. In my understanding, this position is based not on presumptions about the ontological status of embryos and their developmental capabilities but on the specific criteria of rational decisions under uncertainty and on a cautious response to the ambiguous status of embryos. This view, which uses the decision theory model of moral reasoning, promises to reconcile the uncertainty about the ontological status of (...)
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  2. Maria M. Boscolo Contadin & Renata Trevisan (forthcoming). Alicia Ouellette: Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-3.
    Alicia Ouellette’s Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics is the result of her “ten-year journey toward disability consciousness” (p. 5). By saying so, Ouellette suggests a bioethics “mindful of and knowledgeable about the fact of disability in bioethical cases” (p. 316). Thus, a common struggle should be overcome: bioethics versus the disability rights community.The book begins with an introduction to (and a brief history of) Bioethics on the one side and the disability rights community on the other. Ouellette then (...)
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  3. Lydia Stewart Ferreira (forthcoming). I. Glenn Cohen and Holly F. Lynch (Eds.): Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-4.
    Human subjects research is an annual $10 billion dollar global activity. In May 2012, Harvard Law School hosted a conference on human subjects research (HSR). The conference critically examined HSR relative to the proposed American regulatory framework for federally funded research. The conference did not question the need for human subjects research. Rather, it discussed the need to balance the protection of human subjects from possible research risks while not hindering research—an epic, ongoing debate regarding the balance between paternalism and (...)
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  4. Daniel Takarabe Kim (forthcoming). Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, and Matthew Basilico (Eds.): Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-6.
    The last decade has seen an explosion of interest in the health and welfare of marginalized communities around the world. In one striking indicator, public and private development assistance for health programs increased from $8.65 billion in 1998 to $21.79 billion in 2007 [1]. There has been emergent academic interest as well, with growing ranks of undergraduate and graduate students and professionals adopting the field as their specialty. Despite the burgeoning interest, however, much about the field remains unclear. Reimagining Global (...)
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  5. Mario Picozzi & Viviana Cislaghi (forthcoming). Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, Steven Epstein, Robert Aronowitz (Eds): Three Shots at Prevention: The HPV Vaccine and the Politics of Medicine's Simple Solutions. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-6.
    In order to fully understand the ethical, cultural, and political debate that moves around the papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, a bit of attention has to be paid to its history.In 2006 the first advertisements for Gardasil, the commercial name of the vaccine, started to appear in the United States. Merck pharmaceutical was the main dealer. Their “One Less” campaign was characterized by adolescent girls staring into the camera and saying, “I’m one less,” declaring their intention to be vaccinated against the human (...)
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  6. Gregory S. Poore (forthcoming). Glenn McGee: Bioethics for Beginners: 60 Cases and Cautions From the Moral Frontier of Healthcare. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-4.
    Reading and reflecting on real cases helps ethics come alive for students. Good cases grip our attention, engage our imagination, and show the real-life implications of abstract ethical theories, ideals, commitments, and policies. Finding good case studies is both difficult and time-consuming for instructors, so I was excited to learn about Glenn McGee’s book Bioethics for Beginners: 60 Cases and Cautions from the Moral Frontier of Healthcare. According to the publisher, its target audiences are “courses in bioethics, medical ethics, and (...)
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  7. Julian Reiss (forthcoming). The Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable 2009. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.
     
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  8. Lorenzo Simonato (forthcoming). Niklas Juth, Christian Munthe: The Ethics of Screening in Healthcare and Medicine: Serving Society or Serving the Patient? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics:1-3.
    The hypothesis that administering a diagnostic test to an asymptomatic population can detect a relevant proportion of prevalent cases in an early phase and therefore improve the chances of curing disease dates back to the sixties and has been tested and applied mainly to neoplastic diseases. Meanwhile, the practice of screening has benefitted from the progress of diagnostic technology and from the development, particularly in Europe, of efficient national health systems.Half a century later, two Swedish researchers, Niklas Juth and Christian (...)
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