Biomedical Ethics is tailored for nursing and health science program students and applicants in the community college setting. Bioethics textbooks for undergraduates are pitched to students at four-year universities. The level of discussion, the depth into which these books go into complex philosophy, and the vocabulary all set the community college student up for failure. These textbooks often include primary material with which students in the community college setting don’t need to be acquainted to succeed in their chosen professions.
Biomedical Ethics by Valerie Holliday:
- is written in a comfortable but formal narrative prose that invites rather than alienates, and challenges rather than frightens.
- connects bioethics issues to matters which today’s students will understand and find valuable.
- integrates some cases, theories, and histories that a twenty-first-century student must know to negotiate the complex medical environment.
- is flexible! Instructors can expand and contract content each day. For example, if instructors have an interest in pandemic ethics, they may work off of the chapter on the Black Death.
Chapter 1: Hippocrates and His Oath
Chapter 2: Galen’s Localization of Function
Chapter 3: Ibn Sina, the Persian Physician
Chapter 4: Fritz Jahr
Chapter 5: Medical Ethics versus Bioethics
Chapter 6: The Nuremberg Code
Chapter 7: The Helsinki Declaration
Chapter 8: Theories of Bioethics
Chapter 9: Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham
THE PRINCIPLE OF UTILITY
Chapter 10: Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill
Chapter 11: Deontology and Utilitarianism
Chapter 12: Deontology and Immanuel
Chapter 13: Virtue Ethics
Chapter 14: Feminist Ethics
Chapter 15: Distributive Justice
Chapter 16: The U.S. Public Health Service Tuskegee Study
Chapter 17: The Black Death