David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (3):164-165 (2006)
There are many challenges to be met when writing an introductory treatise on an academic topic. The subject matter must be presented in a simple but not oversimplified manner. Enough theory must be included to ground the discussion of specific issues but not so much as to overwhelm or bore the readers. The text should be long enough to do justice to the subject matter but short enough to be readily accessible, especially for readers such as healthcare professionals, whose primary concerns lie elsewhere.There are additional challenges in a relatively novel interdisciplinary field such as bioethics. The scope and methodology of bioethics are matters of great controversy, as are its relations with related subjects such as professionalism and human rights. The field is so broad that a single author cannot claim expertise on all topics. Rivalries between law and ethics and among medicine, other health professions, and disciplines such as philosophy complicate efforts to produce a broadly acceptable text. Finally, national and cultural differences pose major challenges to anyone trying to write for a truly international readership.The difficulty of meeting all these challenges in producing the WMA Medical Ethics Manual provides ample opportunity for criticism, especially from bioethics experts. The three expert reviewers of the manual in this issue of the journal are remarkably restrained in pointing out its shortcomings.1–3 I am grateful for both their positive evaluations and their constructive criticism. In what follows, I will respond to each of them in turn, focusing in particular on their suggestions as to how the Manual could have been improved.Before addressing these suggestions, I wish to clarify a matter raised by Søren Holm, namely, to what degree the manual …
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
John R. Williams (2005). The Ethics Activities of the World Medical Association. Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (1):7-12.
Lois Snyder (ed.) (2005). Ethics Manual. American College of Physicians.
P. Nortvedt (2006). Medical Ethics Manual: Does It Serve its Purpose? Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (3):159-160.
B. Gilbert (2003). Consent, Rights, and Choices in Health Care for Children and Young People: British Medical Association. British Medical Association, 2001, 19.95 (BMA Members 18.95), Pp 266 + Xix. ISBN 0-7279-1228-. [REVIEW] Journal of Medical Ethics 29 (4):13e-13.
D. F.-C. Tsai (2006). The WMA Medical Ethics Manual. Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (3):163-163.
R. Ashcroft (2003). Bach to the Future: Response To: Extending Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Medical and Non-Medical Uses. Journal of Medical Ethics 29 (4):217-219.
Delon Human (2002). Conflicts of Interest in Science and Medicine: The Physician's Perspective. Science and Engineering Ethics 8 (3):273-276.
Robert Baker & Laurence B. McCullough (eds.) (2009). The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
Nafsika Athanassoulis (ed.) (2005). Philosophical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan.
D. Dickenson (2002). The Medical Profession and Human Rights: Handbook for a Changing Agenda: British Medical Association. Zed Books, 2001, Pound50.00 (Hb), Pound18.95 (Pb), Pp 561. ISBN 1 85649 611. [REVIEW] Journal of Medical Ethics 28 (5):332-332.
Kerry J. Breen (ed.) (2010). Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and Law. Cambridge University Press.
Jane Stein (1978). Making Medical Choices: Who is Responsible? Houghton Mifflin.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads3 ( #620,721 of 1,906,987 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #345,104 of 1,906,987 )
How can I increase my downloads?