Medical Ethics


National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature

Bibliographic Resources

Basic Resources in Bioethics

Basic Resources in Bioethics: 1996-1999

American Journal of Bioethics

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities


  1. General Works in Medical or Bio-Ethics

    1. Annas, George J. The Rights of Hospital Patients. Discus Books, N.Y. Avon Books, 1975.

    2. Beauchamp, Tom L. and Childress, James F. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1979.

    3. Beauchamp, Tom L. and Walters, Leroy, eds. Contemporary Issues in Bioethics. Encino, California: Dickenson Publishing Co., Inc., 1978.

    4. Brody, Howard. Ethical Decisions in Medicine. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1976.

    5. Campbell, A.V. Moral Dilemmas in Medicine. Baltimore, Maryland: Williams and Wilkins, 1972.

    6. Ennis, Bruce and Siegel, Loren The Rights of Mental Patients. Discuss Books, N.Y.: Avon Books, 1973.

    7. Fletcher, Joseph. Morals and Medicine. Boston: Beacon Press, 1960.

    8. Fuller, Watson ed. The Biological Revolution: Social Good or Social Evil? Anchor Books, Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1971.

    9. Gorovitz, Samuel, et al. Moral Problems in Medicine. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1976, 2nd ed. 1983.

    10. Gorovitz, Samuel. Doctor's Dilemmas; Moral Conflict and Medical Care. "New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1982.

    11. Haring, Bernard. Medical Ethics. Notre Dame, Ind.: Fides Publ., 1973.

    12. Hunt, Robert and Arras, John, eds. Ethical Issues in Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.: Mayfield Pub. Co., 1977.

    13. Jakobvits, Immanuel. Jewish Medical Ethics. N.Y.: Bloch, 1959.

    14. Kieffer, George H. Bioethics: A Textbook of Issues. Reading,Mass.: Addison - Wesley Publ. Co., 1979.

    15. Kunz, Robert M. and Fehr, Hans, eds. The Challenge of Life: Biomedical Progress and Human Values. Basel: Birkhauser Verlag, 1972.

    16. Ladd, John. Ethical Issues Relating to Life and Death. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

    17. Leach, Gerald. The Biocrats. Baltimore, Md.: Penguin Books, 1972.

    18. Mappes, Thomas A. and Zembaty, Jane S., eds. Biomedical Ethics. New York: McGraw Hill, 1981.

    19. McFadden, Charles J. Medical Ethics. 6th edition. Philadelphia, Pa.: FaA. Davis Co., 1967.

    20. Munson, Ronald. Intervention and Reflection. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1999.

    21. Ostheimer, Nancy C. and John M. eds. Life or Death - Who Controls? New York: Springer, 1976.

    22. Potter, Van Rensselear, Bioethics: Bridge to the Future. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971.

    23. Ramsey, Paul. The Patient as Person. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1970.

    24. Ramsey, Paul. Ethics and the Edges of Life. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978.

    25. Regan, Tom ed. Matters of Life and Death. New York: Random House, 1980.

    26. Reiser, Stanley Joel; Dyck, Arthur and Curran, William J. eds. Ethics in Medicine. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1977.

    27. Spiker, Stuart F. and Engelhardt, H. Tristam eds. Philosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences. Boston: D. Reidel Pub. Co., 1976.

    28. Torrey, E. Fuller, ed Ethical Issues in Medicine. Boston: Little, Brown, 1968.

    29. Vaux, Kenneth. Biomedical Ethics: Morality for the New Medicine. New York: Harper & Row, 1974.

    30. Vaux, Kenneth. Who Shall Live? Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1972.

    31. Veatch, Robert M. Case Studies in Medical Ethics. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1977.

    32. Veatch, Robert M. Death, Dying and the Biological Revolution. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1976.

    33. Visscher, Maurice B., ed. Humanistic Perspectives in Medical Ethics. Buffalo: Prometheus Press, 1972.

    34. Wertz, Richard W., ed. Readings on Ethical and Social Issues in Biomedicine. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1973.

    35. Williams, Glanville. The Sanctity of Life and Criminal Law. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1957.

    36. Williams Preston, ed. Ethical Issues in Biology and Medicine. Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Publishing Co., 1973.

    37. Wojcik, Jan. Muted Consent. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 1978.

    38. Yezzi, Ronald. Medical Ethics. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980.

    39. Weir, B.F., ed. Ethical Issues in Death & Dying. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977.


B.   Of Special Interest to Nurses -


C.  Bibliographies

    1. Institute of Society Ethics and the Life Sciences, Bibliography of Society, Ethics and Life Sciences. Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Hastings Center 1974 - Present

    2. Walters, Leroy, ed. Bibliography of Bioethics. Washington, D.C.: Kennedy Center for Bioethics , 1976-present.

    3. Pence, Terry, Ethics in Nursing: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: National League for Nursing, 1983.


D.  Journals

    1. Hastings Center Report

    2. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy

    3. Journal of Medical Ethic

    4. Man and Medicine

    5. Linacre Quarterly

    6. Philosophy and Public Affairs

    7. New England Journal of Medicine

    8. Journal of Religious Ethics

    9. American Journal of Law and Medicine

    10. Journal of Legal Medicine

    11. Ethics in Science and Medicine

    12. Law, Medicine and Health Care

    13. Supervisor Nurse

    14. Bioethics Quarterly

    15. Meta Medicine

    16. Nursing Forum

    17. Westminster Institute Review

    18. Journal of Professional and Business Ethics

    19. Journal of Literature and Medicine

    20. The Milbank Quarterly


E. Reference Works

    1. Dictionary of Medical Ethics

    2. Bioethics Digest

    3. Carmody, James. Ethical Issues in Health Services: A Report and Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare, 1974.

    4. Walters, Leroy, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Washington, D.C.: Kennedy Center for Bioethics, 1978. New York: The Free Press, 1978.


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