Biomedical Ethics for Engineers

Ethics and Decision Making in Biomedical and Biosystem Engineering


  • Daniel Vallero, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Biomedical Ethics for Engineers provides biomedical engineers with a new set of tools and an understanding that the application of ethical measures will seldom reach consensus even among fellow engineers and scientists. The solutions are never completely technical, so the engineer must continue to improve the means of incorporating a wide array of societal perspectives, without sacrificing sound science and good design principles.Dan Vallero understands that engineering is a profession that profoundly affects the quality of life from the subcellular and nano to the planetary scale. Protecting and enhancing life is the essence of ethics; thus every engineer and design professional needs a foundation in bioethics. In high-profile emerging fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and green engineering, public concerns and attitudes become especially crucial factors given the inherent uncertainties and high stakes involved. Ethics thus means more than a commitment to abide by professional norms of conduct. This book discusses the full suite of emerging biomedical and environmental issues that must be addressed by engineers and scientists within a global and societal context. In addition it gives technical professionals tools to recognize and address bioethical questions and illustrates that an understanding of the application of these measures will seldom reach consensus even among fellow engineers and scientists.
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Bioengineers; Engineering and Technical Staff in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries; Engineering, Ethics and Philosophy Students and Professors


Book information

  • Published: March 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8227-5


'this is a well-structured text for engineering ethics, written in a style that takes into account the way in which engineering students think and learn' Anji Wall, St. Louis University Center for Health Care Ethics, in DOODY'S BOOK REVIEWS

Table of Contents

Preface Prologue: Chapter 1: Bioethics: A Creative Approach Chapter 2: Bioethics and the Engineer Chapter 3: An Engineered Future: Human EnhancementChapter 4: The Bioethical Engineer Chapter 5: Bioethical Research and Technological Development Chapter 6: Safety, Risk and Reliability as Measures of BioethicsChapter 7: Bioethical Success and Failure Chapter 8: Justice and Fairness as Engineering Concepts Chapter 9: Sustainable Bioethics Chapter 10: Engineering Wisdom Epilogue: Practical BioethicsBioethics Resources for the EngineerSuggested ReadingsUseful WebsitesAppendix 1: National Society of Professional Engineers - Code of Ethics for EngineersAppendix 2: Biomedical Engineering Society Code of Ethics