Do people of differing ethnicities, cultures, and races view
medicine and bioethics differently? And, if they do, should they?
Are doctors and researchers taking environmental perspectives into
account when dealing with patients? If so, is it done effectively
In African American Bioethics, Lawrence J. Prograis Jr.
and Edmund D. Pellegrino bring together medical practitioners,
researchers, and theorists to assess one fundamental question: Is
there a distinctive African American bioethics?
The book's contributors resoundingly answer yes-yet their responses
vary. They discuss the continuing African American experience with
bioethics in the context of religion and tradition, work, health,
and U.S. society at large-finding enough commonality to craft a
deep and compelling case for locating a black bioethical framework
within the broader practice, yet recognizing profound nuances
within that framework.
As a more recent addition to the study of bioethics, cultural
considerations have been playing catch-up for nearly two decades.
African American Bioethics does much to advance the field
by exploring how medicine and ethics accommodate differing cultural
and racial norms, suggesting profound implications for growing
minority groups in the United States.
Subjects: Health Sciences
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