Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
558 pages
8 x 10 inches
March 2021
Print ISBN: 9781773382265


Now in its third edition, Bioethics in Canada: A Philosophical Introduction offers a comprehensive overview of the philosophical, historical, and medical concepts shaping contemporary debates on biomedical issues. The text opens with an introduction to moral theory and bioethical principles, followed by application of these theories and principles to real world ethical conflicts involving abortion, distributive justice, genetics, reproductive technology, and other vital topics. A landmark case opens each chapter, illuminating the many issues involved in these debates, as well as the philosophical assumptions that shape them.

Thoroughly updated to reflect recent political, medical, and cultural changes, this third edition features new sections on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), the moral philosophy of liberalism in bioethics, the Mad movement, CRISPR and gene editing, and expanded content on mental health, rural and remote communities, and codes of conduct and codes of ethics. Accessibly written with newly added case studies in the health care workplace, this text is an insightful resource for courses in the disciplines of philosophy, health studies, medicine, and nursing, providing a strong ethical foundation in an ever-changing field.


  • Canadian-focused content, case study scenarios, questions for critical thought, and recommended website lists in each chapter
  • interesting legal cases and relevant current events that highlight the real world application of bioethical theories and arguments
  • instructor supplements, including a test bank

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Ethical Theory
Chapter 2: Distributive Justice
Chapter 3: The Health Care Professional–Patient Relationship
Chapter 4: Medical Research
Chapter 5: Reproductive Technologies
Chapter 6: The Genetic Revolution
Chapter 7: Abortion and Maternal-Fetal Conflicts
Chapter 8: Death and Dying
Chapter 9: Organs and Tissues: Procurement and Transplantation
Chapter 10: Medical Paradigms and Non-Standard Treatment

Appendix: The Principles of Bioethics and Case Study Analysis Guidelines
Copyright Acknowledgements


Instructor Resources

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