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Bioethics In Social Context
by Barry Hoffmaster
Temple University Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-1-4399-0116-8 | Paper: 978-1-56639-845-9 | Cloth: 978-1-56639-844-2
Library of Congress Classification R724.B4826 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 174.2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The problems of bioethics are embedded in people's lives and social worlds. They are shaped by individual biographies and relationships, by the ethos and institutions of health care, by economic and political pressures, by media depictions, and by the assumptions, beliefs, and values that permeate cultures and times. Yet these forces are largely ignored by a professional bioethics that concentrates on the theoretical justification of decisions.

The original essays in this volume use qualitative research methods to expose the multiple contexts within which the problems of bioethics arise, are defined and debated, and ultimately resolved. In a provocative concluding essay, one contributor asks his fellow ethnographers to reflect on the ethical problems of ethnography.

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