In this book:
Donna Dickenson - Winner of the International Spinoza Lens Award
Should we do what ever science lets us do?Bioethics: All That Matters, new developments in biotechnology like genetics, stem cell research and artificial reproduction arouse both our greatest hopes and our greatest fears. Many people invest the new biotechnology with all the aspirations and faith once accorded to religious salvation. But does everyone benefit equally from scientific progress? Commercialised modern biomedicine runs the risk of exploiting vulnerable groups, from Indian 'surrogate' mothers to professional guinea pigs in drug research.
Professor Dickenson argues that although we've entered new scientific territory, there's no need to jettison our existing moral sense. By discussing a range of real-life cases, she equips readers to make up their own minds on these important and controversial questions. Good science and good ethics needn't be contradictory.
This accessible and concise book will appeal to both students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to a wide range of perspectives on Bioethics.
"an ideal introductory guide to topics such as stem cell technology, reproductive tourism, patent law and cognitive enhancement."
John Illman, Healthwatch
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Donna Dickenson is Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London. Prior to that she has researched and taught at the Universities of Yale and Oxford. Donna won the International Spinoza Lens Award for
her campaigning work in the field of bioethics. She also co-wrote the widely used Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook.
Keep up with Donna Dickenson on her website: www.donnadickenson.net.
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A thoughtful, intelligent, highly readable work written by someone with impeccable credentialsThis book provides an accessible and readable introduction. This is a timely and provocative read that will challenge the reader to produce his (or more likely her) own counterarguments.'She is good on many of the issues.'A highly accessible guide to the ethical implications of biotechnology for the well-designed and edited All That Matters series... Dickenson defuses jargon and makes history compelling.Dickenson manages to combine a wealth of fact and opinion alike into one bite-sized digest. The text also poses some interesting questions that transcend medical, legal and philosophical boundaries. This is a thought-provoking book that stimulates much further consideration after reading.
Stem cell research, animal-human hybrids, gene patenting - this book will help the reader make sense of these thorny issues from the cutting edge of biotech science, whose importance will only grow in years to come.
Professor Donna Dickenson is one of the world's leading authorities in Bioethics. Her academic career spans 40 years and includes over 20 books. She is Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London and holds honorary posts at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. She won the 'International Spinoza Lens Award' in 2006 for her campaigning work.
Biotechnology throws up countless dilemmas for contemporary society - this book makes sense of themDonna Dickenson is an internationally respected expert in this fieldNo other short accessible introduction to the field currently available