May 21, 2004
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
1.05 Inches (US)
1.5 Pounds (US)
$52.00 USD, £38.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Bioethics in the Clinic

Hippocratic Reflections

What is so special about human life? What is the relationship between flesh and blood and the human soul? Is there a kind of life that is worse than death? Can a person die and yet the human organism remain in some real sense alive? Can souls become sick? What justifies cutting into a living human body? These and other questions, writes neurosurgeon and philosopher Grant Gillett, pervade hospital wards, clinical offices, and operating rooms.

In Bioethics in the Clinic: Hippocratic Reflections, Gillett brings the tools of philosophy to bear on some of the most pressing issues confronting bioethicists today. Gillett draws on many schools of thought, including analytic, moral, and postmodern philosophy; utilitarianism; classical ethical theory; phenomenology; and metaphysics. He engages the reasoning of such philosophers as Aristotle, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Foucault, Habermas, Levinas, and Martha Nussbaum, and offers both practical and clinical insights into such topics as the principle of "Do no harm," informed consent, confidentiality, cloning, and euthanasia.

Opening with an explanation of the axioms to be traced throughout succeeding discussions, with special emphasis on Hippocratic principles, Gillett focuses on general and specific problems of clinical practice, particularly as they affect the physician-patient relationship. The author then goes on to address ethical problems related to both the end of life, including euthanasia, and the beginning of life, such as embryo and stem cell research. Rigorous and elegant, this book will be of interest to those in medical fields, to students and scholars of philosophy, and to lay readers interested in the profound ethical dramas played out in hospitals and doctors' offices every day.

About the Author

Grant R. Gillett, M.B. Ch.B., D.Phil. is a professor of medical ethics at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is the author of The Mind and Its Discontents: An Essay in Discursive Psychiatry, Consciousness and Intentionality, and Representation, Meaning, and Thought.


"His choice of subjects is refreshingly eclectic, including some of the usual subjects, but also ones less often covered in bioethics books... it is both philosophical and practical... worthy of consideration."

- Bulletin of Medical Ethics

"The writing is accessible, and this book is useful for those who seek a practical approach to some of the more difficult issues in bioethics today."

- Doody's Book Review Service

"His lucid analysis strikes at the core normative issues of modern medical practice and paves the way for genuinely useful discussions among philosophers, physicians, and others interested in the future of medicine... Not only innovative but insightful."

- Choice

"This book comes highly recommended to all health practitioners, and especially... where standard care can have major ethical implications."

- Tony O'Brien, RN, M.Phil. - Metapsychology


"Grant Gillett gives eloquent voice to a fresh bioethical sensibility nourished by keen conceptual sophistication, intimate acquaintance with clinical realities, a broadly naturalistic understanding of moral value, and a deft use of narrative as a tool for coming to know the world. Bioethics in the Clinic is an enormously creative, enlightening, and altogether attractive book."

- James Nelson, Michigan State University
Johns Hopkins University Press
From 17

9780801878435 : bioethics-in-the-clinic-gillett
328 Pages
$52.00 USD

Other Titles in MEDICAL / Ethics

Pope Francis and the Transformation of Health Care Ethics

Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler
Jun 2021 - Georgetown University Press
$69.95 USD - book
$34.95 USD - book
$34.95 USD - ebook

Feeding the World Well

edited by Alan M. Goldberg
Oct 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$64.95 USD - Hardback

Feeding the World Well

edited by Alan M. Goldberg, with Cara Wychgram
Sep 2020 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$64.95 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in Medical ethics & professional conduct

Feeding the World Well

edited by Alan M. Goldberg
Oct 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$64.95 USD - Hardback

Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response

edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies
May 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$12.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$0.0 USD - Electronic book text


Vinayak K. Prasad, MD, MPH
Apr 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$32.95 USD - Hardback
$32.95 USD - Electronic book text