Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

  • by Tony Hope
  • Narrated by Eric Martin
  • 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Issues in medical ethics are rarely out of the media and it is an area of ethics that has particular interest for the general public as well as the medical practitioner. This short and accessible introduction provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine. Tony Hope deals with the thorny moral questions such as euthanasia and the morality of killing, and also explores political questions such as: How should health care resources be distributed fairly? Each chapter in the audiobook considers a different issue: Genetics, modern reproductive technologies, resource allocation, mental health, medical research. The audiobook also discusses controversial questions such as: Who should have access to reproductive technology? Who should pay? Is it right to fund expensive drug treatment for individuals? Should active euthanasia be legalized? Should treatment for mental illness be imposed on patients without their consent? Who should have access to information from genetic testing? Should we require consent for the use of dead bodies or organs in medical research?
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These audiobooks are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly listenable.


Audible Editor Reviews

This installment in Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series covers the often-contentious issues inherent in the field of medical ethics. Tony Hope’s engrossing and educational book covers the basics of what medical ethics are, and guides listeners through a broad array of specific scenarios designed to provoke contemplation about issues of access (to medical information, treatment, even euthanasia) and consent.
Skilled voice actor Eric Martin presents Hope’s thought-provoking guide with the perfect degree of gravitas, his clear, well-paced performance effectively drawing listeners into this audiobook and holding their attention through the important and often taxing questions which compose the bulk of this fascinating work.


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Customer Reviews

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Good introduction to Medical Ethics

Good introduction to Medical Ethics

I am a big fan of the "A very short introduction" series and this is another good example covering the basics of medical ethics in the main area and thought experiments. Another nice short read.
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- P. J. Bell


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Shoot the narrator.

I was looking forward to this book, but the narrator seemed to be reading as if it was a work of fiction, which I feel to be inappropriate for the content.

What could Tony Hope have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know, I never got that far. I have read John Herring on the same subject and was hoping for new perspectives.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I listened to the first 5 minutes and got so annoyed by his tone I deleted it. If the narrator can't be bothered to give a straight reading, but feels obliged to act, read a work of fiction.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction?

I never got that far, but if I was playing editor, I would cut the narrator, who I have found enormously irritating.

Any additional comments?

It is not fiction, the book is not suited to drawl, I have now bought the hard-copy book instead. This experience has put me off audible and I am now rethinking my subscription

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios