The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Introduction

Introduction

One of the most exciting recent developments in health care ethics is the way that the issues are becoming more international. Discussions about cloning, organ transplantation, reproductive health and health research are now regularly discussed by scholars, governments, advocacy groups, the media and the public in countries around the world. A growing body of research has emerged on comparative international approaches to issues — demonstrating that some of the early foundational work in health care ethics — initially in the U.S.A. and Western Europe, and then expanding to every continent — is now being challenged, amended and applied as countries (and of often different regions within countries) weigh in with different perspectives, strategies, arguments and approaches. IInternational ethics has developed as a field of ...

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