Clinical & Medical Ethics Bibliography

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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.

Allocation & Managed Care | Case-Based Resources | General Medical Ethics | Patient Autonomy and the Role of the Physician | Speciality-Specific Medical Ethics


Allocation & Managed Care

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  • Bhatia, Neera. Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Callahan, Daniel. Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.
  • Camosy, Charles. Too Expensive to Treat? Finitude, Tragedy, and the Neonatal ICU. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • Crippen, David W., ed. ICU Resource Allocation in the New Millenium. New York: Springer, 2013.
  • Danis, Marion, Samia A. Hurst, Len Fleck, Reidun Forde, and Anne Slowther, eds. Fair Resource Allocation and Rationing at the Bedside. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Jox, Ralf J., Galia Assadi, and Georg Marckmann, eds. Organ Transplantation in Times of Donor Shortage: Challenges and Solutions. New York: Springer, 2016.
  • Kilner, John. Life on the Line: Ethics, Aging, Ending Patient’s Lives, and Allocating Vital Resources. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.***
  • 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.
  • Nelson, James Lindemann, ed. Rationing Sanity: Ethical Issues in Managed Mental Health Care. Georgetown University Press, 2003.
  • Rodwin, Marc A. Medicine, Money, and Morals: A Physician’s Conflict of Interest. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Verheijde, Joseph L. Managing Care: A Shared Responsibility. New York: Springer, 2010.


Case-Based Resources

  • Ashcroft, Richard, Anneke Lucassen, Michael Parker, Marian Verkerk and Guy Widdershoven, eds. Case Analysis in Clinical Ethics.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Devettere, Raymond J. Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics: Cases and Concepts. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2000.
  • Diekema, Douglas S., Mark R. Mercurio, and Mary B. Adam, eds. Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Ford, Paul J. and Denise M. Dudzinski, eds. Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Freeman, John M. and Kevin McDonnell. Tough Decisions: Cases in Medical Ethics. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Hark, Lisa and Horace DeLisser, eds. Achieving Cultural Competency: A Case-Based Approach to Training Health Professionals. Hoboken, N.J.: Blackwell Publishing, 2009.
  • Johnston, Carolyn and Penelope Bradbury. 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2015.
  • Orr, Robert D. Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor: A Handbook for Clergy and Health Care Professionals. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.***
  • Pence, Gregory E. Medical Ethics: Accounts of Ground-Breaking Cases. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2014.
  • Snyder, John E. and Candace C. Gauthier. Evidence-Based Medical Ethics: Cases for Practice-Based Learning. Totowa, N.J.: Humana Press, 2008.


General Medical Ethics

  • Beauchamp, Tom L., and James F. Childress. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 7th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Boylan, Michael. Medical Ethics. 2nd ed. Malden, Mass.: John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
  • Colt, Henri G., Silvia Quadrelli, and Lester D. Friedman. The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Edge, Raymond S., and John Randall Groves. Ethics of Health Care: A Guide for Clinical Practice. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2005.
  • Fletcher, John C., Edward Spencer, and Paul Lombardo, eds. Fletcher’s Introduction to Clinical Ethics, 3rd ed. Hagerstown, MD: University Publishing Group, 2005.
  • Fremgen, Bonnie F. Medical Law and Ethics. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2015.
  • Hope, Tony. Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Jonsen, Albert R., Mark Siegler, and William J. Winslade. Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2010.
  • Jonsen, Albert R. A Short History of Medical Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Junkerman, Charles, Arthur Derse, and David Schiedermayer. Practical Ethics for Students, Interns and Residents: A Short Reference Manuel. 3rd ed. Hagerstown, MD: University Publishing Group, 2008.
  • Lo, Bernard. Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians. 5th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott, 2013.
  • Morrison, Eileen E. and Beth Furlong. Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century. 3rd ed. Burlington, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett, 2013.
  • Munson, Ronald. Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics, 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2007
  • O’Rourke, Kevin. Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings. 4th ed. Georgetown University Press, 2011.
  • Pellegrino, Edmund, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., and Fabrice Jotterand, eds. The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn: A Pellegrino Reader. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2008.
  • Sugarman, Jeremy and Daniel P. Sulmasy. Methods in Medical Ethics. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010.
  • Tomlinson, Tom. Methods in Medical Ethics: Critical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Out of Print


Patient Autonomy and the Role of the Physician

  • Bergsma, J. and D.C. Thomasma. Autonomy and Clinical Medicine: Renewing the Health Professional Relation with the Patient. Norwell, Mass.: Kluwer Academic, 2000.
  • Churchill, Larry R., Joseph B. Fanning, and David Schenck. What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Health Care. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Herbert, Phillip C. Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians. 2nd ed.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • King, N. M. Making Sense of Advance Directives. Springer, 2013.
  • May, William F. The Physician's Covenant: Images of the Healer in Medical Ethics. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000.***
  • McLean, Sheila A.M., ed. Autonomy, Consent, and the Law. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • Miller, Frank, and Alan Wertheimer. The Ethics of Consent: Theory and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  •  Olick, Robert S. Taking Advance Directives Seriously. Georgetown University Press, 2004.
  • Pellegrino, Edmund D., and David C. Thomasma. The Christian Virtues in Medical Practice. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1996.***
  • Stewart, Moira, Judith Belle Brown, W. Wayne Weston, et al. Patient-Centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method. 3rd ed. London: Radcliffe Publishing, 2014.
  • Sulmasy, Daniel P. The Healer's Calling: A Spirituality for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1997.***
  • Tauber, Alfred I. Patient Autonomy and the Ethics of Responsibility. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.
  • Thomasma, David, and Judith Lee Kissell, eds. The Health Care Professional as Friend and Healer: Building on the Work of Edmund Pellegrino. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2000.
  • Traphagan, John W. Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics. Albany State University of New York Press, 2013.
  • Veatch, Robert M. Patient, Heal Thyself: How the “New Medicine” Puts the Patient in Charge. Oxford University Press, 2009.


Specialty-Specific Medical Ethics

  • Benner, Patricia. Christine A. Tanner, and Catherine A. Chesla. Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Clinical Judgment, and Ethics. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2009.
  • Bosek, Marcia SueDeWolf and Teresa A. Savage. The Ethical Component of Nursing Education: Integrating Ethics into Clinical Experience. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
  • Bruce, Courtenay R., Mary A. Majumder, Trevor Bibler, et al. A Practical Guide to Developing & Sustaining a Clinical Ethics Consultation Service. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Baylor College of Medicine, 2015.
  • Burkhardt, Margaret A. and Alvita K. Nathaniel. Ethics & Issues in Contemporary Nursing. 4th ed. Stamford, Conn.: Cengage Learning, 2014.
  • Cassidy, Barry A. and J. Dennis Blessing. Ethics and Professionalism: A Guide for the Physician Assistant. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, 2008.
  • French, William A. Case Profiles in Respiratory Care. 2nd ed. Clifton Park, N.Y.: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2000.
  • Hester, D. Micah and Toby Schonfeld, eds. Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Lantos, John D. The Lazarus Case: Life-and-Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
  • Pope, Kenneth S. and Melba J.T. Vasquez. Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling. 5th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2016.
  • Post, Linda Farber and Jeffrey Blustein. Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees. 2nd ed. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
  • Shelly, Judith Allen, and Arlene B. Miller. Called to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing. Downers Grove: IVP, 2006.***
  • Van Norman, Gail A., ed. Clinical Ethics in Anesthesiology: A Case-Based Textbook. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Williams, Michael A., ed. Practical Ethics in Clinical Neurology: A Case-Based Learning Approach. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

Out of Print

  • Orlowski, James P. Ethics in Critical Care Medicine.  Hagerstown, MD: University Publishing Group, 2005.
  • Ross, Judith Wilson. Handbook for Hospital Ethics Committees. American Hospital Publishing, 1986.


For additional related material see the End of Life, Global Bioethics, Healthcare Ethics, Organ Donation & Transplantation, Public Health, Reproductive Ethics, and Women's Health Bibliographies.


*** Designates Christian Resource



Updated October 2016