Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Bioethical Issues in Healthcare

Peter A. Clark

Saint Joseph's University

A faculty member for medical residents, medical students, and undergraduate students and a researcher in issues that challenge the national and global arenas. He is also the Bioethicist for over 20 health care facilities in the United States and Palestine.


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The issues in healthcare today are exploding. Every week we hear about both advances and setbacks in various technologies--CRISPR-Cas- 9, genetic testing, drug-resistant diseases, organ transplantation, brain death, etc. Bioethicists need to work collaboratively with one another globally not only to address these critical issues but also to offer some guidance on how to move forward in the best interests of humanity. Scientists, politicians, public policy advocates, pharmaceutical representatives, business executives are all searching for answers that will address the medical, ethical, and legal issues facing humanity. The role of the Bioethicist is to identify challenges, analyze issues, collaborate with colleagues to coordinate possible positions, and then help to implement changes.

This book will challenge those in the medical, legal, and ethical fields to perform these tasks for the common good of humanity. This is an ambitious agenda but one that must be undertaken so that the public is made aware of these issues and what can be done to reach viable conclusions.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: February 8th 2021

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Deadline for chapter proposals: March 8th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: May 7th 2021

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Review results due: July 26th 2021

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Expected publication date: September 24th 2021

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About the editor

Peter A. Clark

Saint Joseph's University

Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D. is the John McShain Chair in Ethics and Director of the Institute of Clinical Bioethics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the Bioethicist for over 20 health care facilities in the United States and Palestine. He is the author of To Treat or Not To Treat and Death With Dignity and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in national and international medical and ethical journals.

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