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Genre(s): Medical Ethics | Philosophy
In Bioethics Basics: A Jargon-Free Guide for Beginners, Dr. Doug Erlandson provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the rapidly developing discipline of bioethics. Its simple and non-technical style covers the major topics in bioethics in a way that even someone with no familiarity with science, medicine, or philosophy will be able to understand.
Bioethics Basics has grown out of Dr. Erlandson’s twenty-five years of teaching philosophy, eight at the University of Nebraska and an additional seventeen at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. During this time he has frequently taught courses in both bioethics and applied ethics and has constructed numerous written handouts for his students covering many of the topics in both of these areas. Recognizing that many anthologies in bioethics as well as single-author texts are extremely difficult for the uninitiated reader to grasp, Dr. Erlandson has prepared an easy to understand discussion of the topics commonly discussed in bioethics classes and textbooks.
Bioethics Basics begins with a brief introduction that discusses what bioethics is and its relation to areas such as healthcare ethics and environmental ethics. This is followed by a description of various ethical theories, including intuitionism, Kantianism, and utilitarianism. Subsequent chapters show how proponents of these theories are likely to answer various of the practical moral dilemmas that are encountered in bioethics.
Following this is a chapter on assisted reproduction, which discusses the moral dilemmas that arise as a result of in-vitro fertilization and other reproductive techniques. Surrogacy is also covered, with a special emphasis on the moral hazards associated with commercial surrogacy.
The chapter on cloning and stem-cell research not only clarifies what nuclear-transfer cloning is but also dispels common myths concerning what this type of cloning is likely to accomplish. It then argues that stem-cell research is far more likely to yield beneficial medical results in the long run. Whether adult stem cells will prove as useful as embryonic stem cells is also discussed.
The chapters on abortion and euthanasia give a balanced presentation of these controversial issues. The arguments pro and con are carefully discussed in such a way as to show the strengths and weaknesses of the positions of both the advocates and the opponents of these practices. Similarly, the chapter on genetic engineering discusses its promise in combatting a wide range of diseases but also cautions against proceeding in areas where we may not be aware of the consequences of genetic alteration.
Bioethics Basics next turns to the issue of the allocation of scarce medical resources in an aging population. This includes an analysis of how to most fairly allocate donor organs and tissue as well as a discussion of the three major models of the allocation of healthcare (the single-payer, the multi-payer, and the free-market systems) and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The final chapter discusses several remaining healthcare issues, including paternalism, patient autonomy, and informed consent, and whether individuals should have the right to experimental and unapproved treatments.
The ultimate goal of Bioethics Basics is to create enough excitement for the various topics that the reader will want to probe these and other related issues in more depth and will thereby come to have a true appreciation of their complexity.
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Genre(s): Religion & Spirituality
the City’ meets ‘Eat,
Pray, Love’ in a search for love & meaning.
Love & the Goddess
One woman, One myth, Three Goddesses
A woman’s voyage of self discovery begins on the internet leading all the way to Brazil and onto the Andean highlands of Peru.
Devastated from her relationship break- up, Kate Canavan is at a loss until she re-discovers a hidden painting of the triple Goddess from Greek mythology. Her interest in mythology and spirituality is re-ignited. A voyage of self discovery begins with internet dating using the names of each of the Goddesses in the triple myth.
When a health scare intervenes Kate and her friends go together to visit a famous healer in Brazil and a spiritual guru in Peru, where all three friends begin spiritual journeys of forgiveness, gratitude and learning to live in the now.
Read it to find out if Kate finds love along the way.
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(author of cult book to movie Last of the high Kings) says:-
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romance, internet dating, Peruvian Gurus, wannabes, has-beens and lotharios and
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Genre(s): Fantasy & Magic
“I admit that being only nine, I did need lots of help from my sisters. Lucky for me two are dragons and two are sea serpents. The others are human; one’s my best friend who is way smarter than me and the last is the prettiest shade of green and the most beautiful girl I ever met.
Egg and the Hameggattic Sisterhood is a girl-empowering fantasy adventure series written for ages six through eleven. This book contains both Book 1 – Flying Girl and Book 2 – Ham and Egg.
Our heroine is Eloise Grace Graystone, known to family and friends by her initials – Egg. Her adventure begins in Book one, Flying Girl, on the day her grandmother gives her a flying suit and three mysterious pieces of jewelry.
The first six books tell the story of Egg as she begins to discover the secrets of the jewelry. The last six books chronicle Egg’s quest to save Arianna, a world that’s home to three intelligent species – humans, dragons and sea serpents. Here begins her journey from a nine year old girl to the leader of the Hameggattic Sisterhood.
Genre(s): Sports & Outdoors
On June 17, 2006, unknown part-time driver David Gilliland brought his homemade car and can-do attitude to Kentucky Speedway. With just seven NASCAR starts, his best Nationwide finish was 29th. But that night he achieved one of the sport’s greatest upsets ever. Circle of Hope: An Inspiring NASCAR Journey profiles fascinating lesser-known drivers in NASCAR’s two top series through joy and triumph, disappointment and defeat. Journalist Deann Alford follows hope-driven stories of Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann; NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd; ARCA truck champion Brett Rowe; Nationwide driver Eric McClure; and David Gilliland whose spectacular win landed on NASCAR media’s ballot for “Race of the Decade.” This book offers behind-the-scenes portraits of drivers and those covering the sport, plus vignettes with stars Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Trevor Bayne and celebrated dirt racer Buzzie Reutimann. Each provided the author with hope amid her own darkest season of grief. Circle of Hope brings refreshing encouragement to those needing hope, no matter their walk, in their own battles of life.