Biomedical Ethics for Engineers

Biomedical Ethics for Engineers

Ethics and Decision Making in Biomedical and Biosystem Engineering

1st Edition - March 30, 2007

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  • Author: Daniel Vallero
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750682275
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080476100

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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.

Key Features

· Working tool for biomedical engineers in the new age of technology
· Numerous case studies to illustrate the direct application of ethical techniques and standards
· Ancillary materials available online for easy integration into any academic program


Bioengineers; Engineering and Technical Staff in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries; Engineering, Ethics and Philosophy Students and Professors

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Chapter 1: Bioethics: A Creative Approach
    Chapter 2: Bioethics and the Engineer
    Chapter 3: An Engineered Future: Human Enhancement
    Chapter 4: The Bioethical Engineer
    Chapter 5: Bioethical Research and Technological Development
    Chapter 6: Safety, Risk and Reliability as Measures of Bioethics
    Chapter 7: Bioethical Success and Failure
    Chapter 8: Justice and Fairness as Engineering Concepts
    Chapter 9: Sustainable Bioethics
    Chapter 10: Engineering Wisdom
    Epilogue: Practical Bioethics
    Bioethics Resources for the Engineer
    Suggested Readings
    Useful Websites
    Appendix 1: National Society of Professional Engineers - Code of Ethics for Engineers
    Appendix 2: Biomedical Engineering Society Code of Ethics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: March 30, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750682275
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080476100

About the Author

Daniel Vallero

Daniel Vallero
Professor Daniel A. Vallero is an internationally recognized author and expert in environmental science and engineering. He has devoted decades to conducting research, teaching, and mentoring future scientists and engineers. He is currently developing tools and models to predict potential exposures to chemicals in consumer products. He is a full adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He has authored 20 environmental textbooks, with the most recent addressing the importance of physical principles in environmental science and engineering. His books have addressed all environmental compartments and media within the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, NC, USA

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