Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume


Thomas F. Heston

Washington State University


Bioethics Medical Ethics Morality Pillars of Bioethics Moral Distress Moral Injury Research Ethics Social Morality Social Justice End of Life Terminal Care Electronic Medical Records

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About the book

This book on bioethics addresses the moral issues arising within the health care professions, and how practitioners can improve the morality of the health care system. The fundamental principles of patient autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice are applied to a wide range of ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine, the conduct of medical research, and the design of health care systems both locally and globally. The effects of violations of bioethical principles upon health care workers are discussed along with treatment alternatives. As electronic medical records become more prevalent, the violations of patient privacy have increased and will continue to increase. The use of patient data without patient consent is currently being exploited for financial gain and research.

This book will also address how multiple rapidly advancing technologies have created a broad range of new issues relating to human health, dignity, and morality. Solutions for maintaining human morality in the face of advancing technology will be presented.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: May 28th 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: August 17th 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: November 5th 2020

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: January 4th 2021

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About the editor

Thomas F. Heston

Washington State University

Dr Thomas F Heston is a practicing physician and Clinical Associate Professor at the Elson S Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, Washington USA. He has served as the Chairman for the Ethics Committee at Multicare Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, and taught bioethics to medical students at the International American University in St. Lucia. He studied positron emission tomography at Johns Hopkins University and after his fellowship was an Assistant Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Radiology.

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