Book Review

 

This section offers reviews of fiction and non-fiction books relevant to bioethical discussions. In addition, this section also includes listings of fictional works organized by bioethical issue. Such listings may be useful for educators to promote discussion of popular representations of bioethical issues.

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Book Link: Begotten or Made?

In this special edition of The Bioethics Podcast, Kevin Vanhoozer, PhD, offers a short review of Oliver O’Donovan’s classic Begotten or Made? Human Procreation and Medical Technique.

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A Review of the Novel NEXT

Michael Crichton’s latest novel, NEXT, like most of his previous novels, is based on rigorous research of a specific technical topic—in this case genetic science. Unlike his previous novels, the plot of NEXT does not center on a single protagonist. Instead, like the movies Crash, Syriana, and Babel, NEXT tells a number of stories, some of which intersect and all of which revolve around or relate to some aspect of genetic science.

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A Review of the Novel Intuition

Jewish American novelist Allegra Goodman was already delving deep into such issues before this scandal broke in January 2006. In her most recent novel Intuition, Goodman offers an unflinching look at the strengths and weaknesses of a diverse cast of characters as they confront the real-life pressures inherent in scientific research today. Goodman weaves a host of themes throughout the progression of her narrative, including the role of perception in defining reality; competing epistemologies; and the place of individual recognition and achievement in a collective atmosphere.

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23

Fighting for David

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An interview with publicist Adrianna Wright.

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The Banality of Evil: A Review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

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A Review of the book Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile

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