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Bioethics and the Law, Fourth Edition

  • Janet L. Dolgin
  • Lois L. Shepherd
Series / Aspen Select Series
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Bioethics and the Law takes a multidisciplinary approach that combines legal discussion with jurisprudential, philosophical, and sociological materials. Strong expressions of different points of view highlight debates about bioethical issues. The text underscores the need to mediate between the law's focus on broad rules and the bioethicist's concern with context and detail. Students are required to consider the ethical implications of health care as a business, face the shifting parameters of the provider/patient relationship in healthcare, and understand the role of government in designing and implementing healthcare programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Bioethics and the Law supplements the traditional focus of bioethics on the interest of the individual with a second focus on the socio-economic developments that shape healthcare. Connecting broad public healthcare issues to concerns of the individual patient/healthcare consumer, the text promotes understanding of unsettling and complex situations and shows the implications of bioethical developments for understandings of personhood. A helpful glossary defines basic terms and several short appendices summarize recent developments in science and technology.
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About the authors
Janet Dolgin
Hofstra University

Janet Dolgin is the Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Health Law Policy at Hofstra University. Professor Dolgin has a B.A. in philosophy from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Her scholarly work combines insights from anthropology and legal scholarship. Professor Dolgin is co-director of the Hofstra Institute for Health Law and Policy. Before coming to Hofstra she taught anthropology at Columbia University and served as an associate at Davis, Polk Wardwell in Manhattan. In 1988-89 she taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a Fulbright Scholar. She has also held appointments as a visiting professor of law at Cornell Law School, Boston University School of Law, and Cardozo School of Law. Professor Dolgin#39;s books include Jewish Identity and the JDL (Princeton University Press), Symbolic Anthropology (co-edited, Columbia University Press), Defining the Family (NYU Press), and Bioethics and the Law (co-authored with Lois Shepherd, Aspen Publishers). Professor Dolgin has written many articles, published in a variety of law reviews, other scholarly journals, and edited volumes. Much of this work has analyzed legal responses to shifts in the family (including those occasioned by developments in reproductive technology and by the quot;new geneticsquot;) and to shifts in the structure of health care in the United States and elsewhere. Her most recent work focuses on disparities in health and in health care. Professor Dolgin lectures widely in the United States and abroad about health care law, bioethics, and family law.

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