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Biomedical Ethics for Engineers

  • ID: 1757576
  • May 2007
  • 408 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

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.

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

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Preface

Prologue:
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

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Vallero, Daniel
Dan Vallero is an internationally recognized expert in the transport, chemical transformation and environmental fate of hazardous pollutants. His three decades of professional experience in hazardous waste engineering and management have included research, teaching and regulatory advice related to a wide range of human health risk and ecological issues, from global climate change to the release of hazardous products of incomplete combustion from waste incinerators to the assessment of the risks from exposures to environmental endocrine disruptors.. Dr. Vallero recently established the Engineering Ethics program at Duke University. This innovative program introduces students to the complex relationships between science, technology and societal demands on the engineer. The lessons learned from the cases in this book are a fundamental part of Duke's preparation of its future engineers to address the ethical dilemmas likely to be encountered during the careers of the next generation engineers.

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