Bioethics Cross-Cultural Bibliography



The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's positions or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

Cross-Cultural (General) | End-of-Life & Cross-Cultural Issues | Healthcare and Medical Ethics & Cross-Cultural Issues


Cross-Cultural (General)

  • Barry, Vincent. Bioethics in a Cultural Context: Philosophy, Religion, History, Politics. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012.
  • Bigby, JudyAnn. Cross Cultural Medicine. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 2001.
  • Bertameu, Maria Julia and Arleen L.F. Salles, eds. Bioethics: Latin American Perspectives. New York: Rodopi, 2002.
  • Delva, Jorge, ed. Families and Health: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • Dula, Annette, and Sara Goering. "It Just Ain't Fair": The Ethics of Health Care for African Americans. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1994.
  • Elliott, Carl. A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture and Identity. New York: Routledge, 1998.
  • Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
  • Flack, Harley, and Edmund Pellegrino, eds. African-American Perspectives on Biomedical Ethics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1992.
  • Gurung, Regan A. R., ed. Multicultural Approaches to Health and Wellness in America. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2014.
  • Hoshino, Kazumasa, ed. Japanese and Western Bioethics: Studies in Moral Diversity. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands, 2009.
  • Hsieh, Elaine. Bilingual Health Communication: Working with Interpreters in Cross-Cultural Care. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Morse, Janice M. Issues in Cross-Cultural Nursing. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1988.
  • Nassar-McMilan, Sylvia, Kristine J. Ajrouch, and Julie Hakim-Larson, ed. Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans: Culture, Development, and Health. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Newman, Lucile F., ed. Women's Medicine: A Cross-Cultural Study of Indigenous Fertility Regulation. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1995.
  • Pinzon-Perez, Helda, and Miguel A. Perez. Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health: A Multicultural Perspective. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2016.
  • Po-wah, Julia Tao Lai. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the (Im)Possibility of Global Bioethics. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands, 2009.
  • Prograis, Lawrence J., Jr. and Edmund D Pellegrino, eds. African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.
  • Randall-David, Elizabeth, Strategies for Working with Culturally Diverse Communities and Clients. Washington, D.C.: Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1989.
  • Reverby, Susan M. Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
  • Rehmann-Sutter, Christoph, Maruch Düwell, and Dietmar Mieth, eds. Bioethics in Cultural Contexts: Reflections on Methods and Finitude.  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands, 2009.
  • Ritter, Lois A. and Donald H. Graham. Multicultural Health, 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2017.
  • Roetz, Heiner, ed. Cross-Cultural Issues in Bioethics: The Example of Human Cloning. New York: Rodopi, 2006.
  • Secundy, Marian Gray, and Lois Lacivita Nixon, eds. Trials, Tribulations, and Celebrations: African-American Perspectives on Health, Illness, Aging, and Loss. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1992.
  • Sharara, Fady I., ed. Ethnic Differences in Fertility and Assisted Reproduction. New York: Springer, 2013.
  • Tremayne, Soraya, ed. Managing Reproductive Life: Cross-Cultural Themes in Sexuality and Fertility. New York: Berghahn Books, 2001.
  • Wertz, Dorothy C., and John C. Fletcher. Ethics and Human Genetics: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1989.


End of Life & Cross Cultural Issues

See related materials in the End-of-Life Bibliography.

  • Berger, Arthur. Perspectives on Death and Dying: Cross-Cultural and Multi-Disciplinary Views. Philadelphia: Charles Press, 1989.
  • Blank, Robert H. and Janna C. Merrick. End-of-Life Decision Making: A Cross-National Study. Basic bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.
  • Braun, Kathryn L., James H. Pietsch, and Patricia L. Blanchette, eds. Cultural Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999.
  • Carter, James H. Death and Dying Among African-Americans: Cultural Characteristics and Coping Tidbits. New York: Vantage Press, 2001.
  • Cohen-Almagor, Raphael. The Right to Die with Dignity: An Argument in Ethics, Medicine, and Law. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
  • Crippen, David, Jack K. Kilcullen and David F. Kelly, eds. Three Patients: International Perspectives on Intensive Care at the End of Life. Boston: Kluwer Academic, 2002.
  • De Leo, Diego. Suicide and Euthanasia in Older Adults: A Transcultural Journey. Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber, 2001.
  • Irish, Donald P., Kathleen F. Lundquist and Vivian J. Nelsen, eds. Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death and Grief: Diversity in Universality. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis, 1993.
  • Parkes, Colin Murray, Pittu Laungani, and Bill Young, eds. Death and Bereavement Across Cultures. New York: Routledge, 1997.
  • Parry, Joan K. A Cross-Cultural Look at Death, Dying, and Religion. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2003.
  • Scherer, Jennifer M., and Rita James Simon. Euthanasia and the Right to Die: A Comparative View. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
  • Solomon, Namia R. Z., and Jean Langford. Death and Dying in Ethnic America: A Research Study. Seattle: CCHCP, 2000.


Healthcare and Medical Ethics & Cross-Cultural Issues


See related materials in the Healthcare Ethics and Clinical & Medical Ethics Bibliographies.

  • American Geriatrics Society, Reva Adler, and Hosam Kamel. Doorway Thoughts: Cross-Cultural Health Care for Older Adults, Volume I. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2004.
  • American Geriatrics Society. Doorway Thoughts: Cross-Cultural Health Care for Older Adults, Volume II. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2006.
  • American Geriatrics Society. Doorway Thoughts: Cross-Cultural Health Care for Older Adults, Volume III. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2009.
  • Baxter, Carol, ed. Managing Diversity and Inequality in Health Care. London: Baillière Tindall, 2001.
  • Coward, Harold, and Pinit Ratanakul, eds. A Cross-Cultural Dialogue on Health Care Ethics. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1999.
  • Dreachslin, Janice L., M. Jean Gilbert, and Beverly Malone. Diversity and Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Systems Approach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2013.
  • Evans, Timothy. Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Kar, Snehendu B., Rina Alcalay, and Shana Alex. Health Communication: A Multicultural Perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.
  • Loewy, Erich E. H. and Roberta Springer Loewy, ed. Changing Health Care Systems from Ethical, Economic, and Cross Cultural Perspectives. New York: Springer, 2001.
  • Purnell, Larry D. Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2014.
  • Purnell, Larry D. and Betty J. Paulanka. Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach.  4th ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2013.
  • Ray, Marilyn A. Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care. 2nd ed.  Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2016.
  • Stuart, Barbara. Pocket Guide to Culturally Sensitive Health Care. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2011.
  • Tseng, Wen-Shing and Jon Streltzer. Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Guide for Professionals. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands, 2008.
  • Veatch, Robert M. and Harley E. Flack. Case Studies in Allied Health Ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996.
  • Williams, Richard Allen, ed. Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America: Beyond the IOM Report. Totowa, NJ: Humana, 2007.

Out of Print

  • Baxter, Carol. Race Equality in Health Care and Education. London: Baillière Tindall, 1997.
  • Calsada, Leonor, and Mary Ann Smith. Transcultural Aspects of Perinatal Health Care: A Resource Guide. Tampa: National Perinatal Association, 2001.
  • Clark, M. Margaret. Cross-Cultural Medicine: A Decade Later. San Francisco: California Medical Association, 1992.
  • Culturally Competent Healthcare: Do We  Understand It? How Do We Do It? Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference of the Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare Association in partnership with the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health, Middlesex University and the Foundation of Nursing Studies, July 2002. Birmingham, UK: University of Central England, 2002.
  • Henderson, George, and Martha Primeaux. Transcultural Health Care. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley, 1981.
  • Leininger, Madeleine, and Marilyn McFarland. Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research and Practice. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2002.
  • Pellegrino, Edmund, Patricia Mazarella, and Pietro Corsi, eds. Transcultural Dimensions in Medical Ethics. University Publishing Group, 1993.
  • Respecting Cultural Diversity in  Health Care: The Way Forward for the 21st Century: Proceedings of the Third National Conference of the Transcultural Nursing & Healthcare Association 2000, University of Central England in Birmingham. Birmingham, UK: University of Central England, 2000.
  • Veatch, Robert M., ed. Cross Cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics. 2nd ed. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2000.


For additional related material, see the Global Bioethics Bibliography.



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