Reviews

 

This section offers reviews of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as films addressing or relevant to bioethical discussions. In addition, this section also includes listings of relevant materials from film, televison, and novels organized by bioethical issue. Such listings may be useful for educators to promote discussion of popular representations of bioethical issues.

Primetime Bioethics: Clinical & Medical Ethics Edition

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Bioethics at the Box Office

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Biotechnology Meets Primetime TV

It is no secret that bioethical content has been the fodder for both film and television for quite some time. The mainstay of science fiction films for years has ranged from cyborgs (Bicentennial Man) and artificial intelligence (AI, I Robot) to bizarre human experimentation and research (The X-Files: I Want to Believe), such as genetic enhancement (GATTACA), organ farming (The Island), and cloning (The 6th Day) just to name a few more. Even the occasional drama has featured key bioethical dilemmas such as euthanasia (Million Dollar Baby) and just access to healthcare services (John Q) to the recent film depiction of savior siblings (My Sister’s Keeper).[1] The silver screen has accessed these issues for years. Similar ventures in primetime television have met varied success. Medical dramas have highlighted key issues raised in clinical medicine. Pick your show of choice: ER, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Private Practice,[2] or any of the numerous other medical dramas that have reigned in primetime television for years. The success of the medical drama is demonstrated through the proliferation of spinoffs and the creation of the genre of medical comedies as epitomized in Scrubs. Amidst the daytime plotlines of hypersexuality and human frailty, primetime viewers are exposed to such issues as informed consent, medical error, and the nature of the Hippocratic Oath. Not surprisingly these connections have been noted by savvy educators who use culture as one of the means by which they teach bioethics.

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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. This review was originally  published as a Book Link by Baker Academic in Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, a volume co-edited by Dr. Vanhoozer, along with Charles Anderson and CBHD’s Managing Director and Research Scholar, Michael Sleasman, and is used by permission.

 

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威廉威伯福斯 & 生命倫理學

  

  

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Bioethics at the Movies: Review of Minority Report

 

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William Wilberforce & Bioethics

 

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A Review of the novel NEXT

 

Editor's Note: This review originally appeared at  MercatorNet, an innovative internet magazine analyzing current affairs and key international news and trends that touch its readers’ daily lives.

 

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