Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

  • by Tony Hope
  • Narrated by Eric Martin
  • 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 the audiobook considers a different issue: Genetics, modern reproductive technologies, resource allocation, mental health, medical research. The audiobook also 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 audiobooks 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 listenable.


Audible Editor Reviews

This installment in Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series covers the often-contentious issues inherent in the field of medical ethics. Tony Hope’s engrossing and educational book covers the basics of what medical ethics are, and guides listeners through a broad array of specific scenarios designed to provoke contemplation about issues of access (to medical information, treatment, even euthanasia) and consent.
Skilled voice actor Eric Martin presents Hope’s thought-provoking guide with the perfect degree of gravitas, his clear, well-paced performance effectively drawing listeners into this audiobook and holding their attention through the important and often taxing questions which compose the bulk of this fascinating work.


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Customer Reviews

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philosophical and insightful guide to common medic

philosophical and insightful guide to common medical ethical issues... I liked the historical literary references and cases cited.
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- Mom/RN


This book gave me a "very short", yet concise, first step into medical ethics. Hope gives the listener a structured layout for each section and explains terms as it progresses. Hope also uses theoretical examples which are then applied to real life situations/cases. Because it was so dense, sometimes it was hard to follow all the logic. This is not to say that it was poorly written, however, because after all it is just a snapshot of medical ethics. It was a great book to get my feet wet with. Very worth 4 hours.
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios