During the past several presidential terms, important ethical issues have been raised and vigorously discussed in the media. The most controversial of these topics include abortion, artificial reproduction, stem cell research, and health care reform. The Penn Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has created a textbook that serves as a guide to ethics in the current era of politically influenced health care decision making. This university is a pioneer in the teaching of medical ethics and this work reflects their ongoing dedication to the field. The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics provides an introduction to the principles of bioethics, an overview of traditional ethical issues, and a discussion of emerging ethical dilemmas. This text highlights the key points in bioethics using straightforward language and an objective approach. The publication provides a thorough discussion of topics that are relevant to both experts and the lay public.
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