Healthcare Ethics 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.

 Healthcare (General) | Healthcare Administration | Policy | Textbooks and Case Studies


Healthcare (General)

  • Ashley, Benedict M., Jean De Blois, and Kevin D. O'Rourke. Health Care Ethics: A Catholic Theological Analysis. 5th ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006.***
  • Avalos, Hector. Health Care and the Rise of Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1999.***
  • Baillie, Harold W., ed. Health Care Ethics. 6th ed. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2013.
  • Barr, Donald A. Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethinicity, and Health. 2nd ed. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2014.
  • Cribb, Alan. Health and the Good Society: Setting Healtcare Ethics in Social Context. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Downing, Raymond. Biohealth: Beyond Medicalization, Imposing Health. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.
  • Eyal, Nir M., ed. Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures, and Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Ferngren, Gary B. Medicine & Health Care in Early Christianity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.***
  • Gill, Robin. Health Care and Christian Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.***
  • Grainger, Joanne, and John Ozolins. Foundations of Healthcare Ethics: Theory to Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Hamel, Ron, ed. Making Health Care Decisions: A Catholic Guide. Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2006.***
  • Illingworth, Patricia, and Wendy Parmet. Ethical Health Care. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • Kelly, David F., Gerard Magill, and Henk ten Have. Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013.**
  • Kilner, John F., Robert D. Orr, and Judith Allen Shelly, eds. The Changing Face of Health Care: A Christian Appraisal of Managed Care, Resource Allocation, and Patient-Caregiver Relationships. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.***
  • Lynch, Holly Fernandez. Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
  • McDonough, Mary Joan. Can a Health Care Market Be Moral? A Catholic Vision. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.***
  • Morreim, E. Haavi. Balancing Act: The New Medical Ethics of Medicine's New Economics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1995.
  • Morrison, Eileen E., and Elizabeth Furlong, eds. Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century. 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014.
  • Schramme, Thomas, ed. New Perspectives on Paternalism and Health Care. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Thobaben, James R. Health-Care Ethics: A Comprehensive Christian Resource. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.***
  • Thompson, Andrew, and Norman J. Temple. Ethics, Medical Research, and Medicine: Commercialism versus Environmentalism and Social Justice. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.
  • Uustal, Diann B. Clinical Ethics and Values: Issues and Insights in a Changing Healthcare Environment. 2nd ed. Jamestown, RI: Educational Resources in HealthCare, 1993.
  • Watt, Helen. Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics: A Short Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2000.


Healthcare Administration

  • Filerman, Gary L., Ann E. Mills, and Paul M. Schyve, eds. Managerial Ethics in Healthcare: A New Perspective. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2014.
  • Hester, D. Micah, and Toby Schonfeld, eds. Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Solomon, Mildred Z. and Ann Bonham, eds. Ethical Oversight of Learning Health Care Systems. Hastings Center Special Report, v.43, issue s1. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Perry, Frankie. The Tracks We Leave: Ethics & Management Dilemmas in Healthcare. 2nd ed. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2014.
  • Post, Linda Farber, and Jeffrey Blustein. Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
  • Weber, Leonard J. Business Ethics in Healthcare: Beyond Compliance. Medical Ethics. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.



  • Allen, James F. Health Law & Medical Ethics for Healthcare Professionals. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  • Barr, Donald A. Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America. 3rd. ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
  • Chadwick, Ruth, Henk ten Have, and Erick Mark Meslin, eds. The Sage Handbook of Health Care Ethics: Core and Emerging Issues. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2011.
  • Furrow, Barry R., Thomas L. Greaney, Sandra H. Johnson, Timothy S. Jost, and Robert L. Schwartz. Bioethics: Health Care Law and Ethics. 7th ed. St. Paul: West, 2013.
  • Hall, Mark A., Ira Mark Ellman, and David Orentlicher. Health Care Law and Ethics in a Nutshell. 3rd ed. St. Paul: Thomson/West, 2011.
  • Joly, Yann, and Bartha Maria Knoppers, eds. Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics. New York: Routledge, 2015.


Textbooks and Case Studies

  • Ashley, Benedict M., and Kevin D. O'Rourke. Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2002.
  • Baillie, Harold W., John McGeehan, Thomas M. Garrett, and Rosellen M. Garrett, eds. Health Care Ethics: Principles and Problems. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2012.
  • Devettere, Raymond J. Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics: Cases and Concepts. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010.
  • Panicola, Michael R., David M Belde, John Paul Slosar, and Mark F. Repenshek, eds. Health Care Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues, and Controversial Cases. Revised and expanded. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2011.***
  • Valadares, Kevin. Ethics and Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society: A Casebook. St. Louis: Hunt, 2012.

Out of Print

  • Evans, Abigail Rian. Redeeming Marketplace Medicine: A Theology of Health Care. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 1999.***
  • Hinderer, Drew, and Sara Hinderer. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Care Ethics. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Pub, 2001.


For additional related material see the Clinical & Medical Ethics, Research Ethics, and Public Policy Bibliographies.


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