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Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

Tony Hope
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23 Sep 2004 Very Short Introductions
Issues in medical ethics are rarely out of the media and it is an area of ethics that has particular interest for the general public as well as the medical practitioner. This short and accessible introduction provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine. Tony Hope deals with the thorny moral questions such as euthanasia and the morality of killing, and also explores political questions such as: how should health care resources be distributed fairly? Each chapter in this book considers a different issue: genetics, modern reproductive technologies, resource allocation, mental health, medical research, and discusses controversial questions such as:

· Who should have access to reproductive technology? Who should pay?
· Is it right to fund expensive drug treatment for individuals?
· Should active euthanasia be legalized?
· Should treatment for mental illness be imposed on patients without their consent?
· Who should have access to information from genetic testing?
· Should we require consent for the use of dead bodies or organs in medical research?

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (23 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192802828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192802828
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tony Hope is Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Oxford, and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. He is founder of the Oxford Centre of Ethics and Communication Skills in Health Care Practice (Ethox), and co-author of both The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and Manage Your Mind, both published by OUP.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
This well-balanced and expertly crafted paperback fills a critical gap in 21st Century medical education. It addresses hot issues in the UK, such as the current debate on 'assisted dying' (active euthanasia). Rarified jargon and obscure legal precedents are avoided, wisely, and I have already recommended it for postgraduate students in our PGME centre. The issues covered would apply widely in healthcare training, and this could become a classic 'Introduction' for both medical and nursing undergraduate courses in ethics and in social policy.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 12 Nov 2007
Clearly and concisely written this book puts forward a number of extremely interesting arguments surrounding various topics in medical ethics. Contains useful information about how (if at all) these arguments influence real-life practice. Does pretty much exactly what the title would suggest. Excellent value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Feast
I frequently recommend this book to those seeking a quick introduction to the topic of medical ethics.

Its greatest strength is that it focuses more on the fundamentals of thinking ethically rather than getting too involved with individual real-life problems. Doctors need to be able to think conceptually and laterally rather than simply regurgitate protocols and accepted wisdom. This book takes things back to basics by getting readers to think about _how_ they think: a vital and often underrated skill.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and concise 31 May 2009
Challenges views on what actually are ethical issues. Good classification of these issues. Very quick to read and absorb
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars medical interviews 15 May 2011
By Rawli
would recommend to anyone applying for medicine degrees, so useful to get your head around the basics and help rationalise and structure your arguments at interview. have referenced it since in several essays, presentations and debates. well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 28 Mar 2010
By Ali
Excellent little book - full of loads of useful information. I am using it for references as I am studying for a foundation degree. Would recommend it to anyone doing similar research.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a book 18 Feb 2008
A great little read (with pictures and photos)even if you are not that interested in ethics! You will not be dissapointed with this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a Medicine Interview 23 Jun 2012
By Zyphlon
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This is an excellent book, and excellent introduction to medical ethics. I purchased this book in the months before applying for medicine at university, and read it once or twice before my interviews. It was invaluable, offering an easy to understand and well structured discussion on medical ethics.

More importantly, the book was full of excellent examples which would be easily remembered as they were interesting in nature (well, interesting to a medicine applicant anyway!). I found myself in several of my medicine interviews being questioned upon the ethics of medicine, and instantly, really interesting examples came to my head from this book, allowing me to continue the discussion in the interview.

I particularly enjoyed the section on Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs), and having just finished my first year of medicine at university, QALYs come up in the degree as well as possibly in interviews.

Overall, this is a great book, it's price:usefulness ratio is brilliant. If nothing else, it should be read on the train/car trip to a medicine interview as the ethics questions can be among the hardest that interviewers ask. The book is also interesting enough that people not applying for medicine, or currently doing medicine, would find it a good read too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars OK
I personally wouldn't recommend it just for medical interviews as it goes into quite a lot of detail which perhaps you don't necessarily want to or have the time to do.
Published 8 hours ago by Cal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book.
Published 22 days ago by PKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Received this book in great condition and way before it was suppose to come. It is also a very good read and very interesting, a great introduction into medical ethics
Published 1 month ago by Chelsee Graham-Benjamin
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited
One or two interesting snippets. Otherwise not very informative. The subject is introduced in a very biased way with no meaningful discussion of views that differ from those of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen P
5.0 out of 5 stars great for interview prep (medicine)
Gives great scenarios that make you think of different options and allows you to come up with your own views and back them up. Good over view of ethics
Published 8 months ago by Michelle Chirimuuta
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As an A level student hoping to progress to medical school in 2014 , my grandson considered this to be essential reading in preparation for his interview .
Published 11 months ago by Jen's Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro
Gave me a brief insight into medical ethics. Could be better if more topics covered. The approach to topics by using examples is sometimes helpful sometimes hard to understand. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sian
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!
This is a great book to read in your pastime and can easily fit in your pocket. The topics brought up in the book really does make you think.
Published 12 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Grounding on the basics
This is a well written book which explores the main issues of medicial ethics: euthanasia, care costs etc. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patrick Mullane
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Haven't read it all but interesting none the less and food for thought......very easy to read, not a head blagger!
Published 15 months ago by jennifer jones
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