Information and Resources on Bioethics/Medical Ethics

Medical ethics addresses human values as they pertain medicine. Some of these values are autonomy, dignity, non-maleficence, and honesty. These values are applied to the problems that arise for ill people (and their families) who are not able to make decisions for themselves, like infants, comatose people, or elderly people. Other values, like honesty, come under scrutiny when dealing with issues like informed consent.

The Ethics in Medicine is an educational resource designed for clinicians in training. The website is hosted by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The website provides resources, articles, cases and links to other Bioethics websites. is an excellent resource base for the study of Bioethics. The website provides a variety of resources ranging from  introductory articles on Bioethics, information on several Bioethics related topics, a blog for sharing of news and ideas, selected book reviews, job postings,  and several other articles and resources related to Bioethics.

The Bioethics Research Library at the Georgetown University is an interdisciplinary and multi-format collection of information on ethical issues related to health care, biomedical research, biotechnology, and the environment. The resource  represents one of the the world’s largest collections related to ethical issues in medicine and biomedical research. The resource functions both as a reference library for the public and as an in depth research resource for scholars from the U.S. and abroad.

National Institutes of Health Bioethics Resources on the Web provides a compilation of web links to information of potential use and interest to diverse audiences—biomedical and behavioral researchers, health care professionals, research participants, patients and patient advocates, students and faculty in different disciplines, and the general public. The aim of the resource base is to help individuals and groups explore the vast array of issues in Bioethics. The information accessible through the portal spans a wide range of topics, including human subjects and animal research, institutional review boards (IRBs; also known as research ethics committees), clinical ethics, international research ethics issues, genetics, neuroethics, teaching materials (including case studies and curricula), conferences and events, journals in the field, academic centers and institutes in Bioethics, and other  information related to the field of Bioethics.

U.S. National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest online medical library. The Bioethics information resources webpage provides links to many Bioethics resources such as the PubMed which contains over 21 million citations and links to full-text content on biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. The webpage also provides a search option for collection of books and other materials in the  National Library of Medicine. is a public service provided through the collaboration of many individuals and organizations to improve the discussion of issues in Bioethics. The website contains links to other Bioethics websites, associations and societies, blogs on Bioethics, journals, news and other government institutional websites on Bioethics.

Institutes on Bioethics/Medical Ethics

Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh is founded on the premise that the questions posed by contemporary healthcare dilemmas are not the province of any single discipline but require the collaborative integration of insights garnered from history, law, medicine, philosophy, and the social sciences. The Center is not a policy-making or advisory body. Rather, it is committed to in-depth analysis of the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding the health care process.

Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado engages today’s and tomorrow’s health professionals and the community in substantive, interdisciplinary dialogue about the ethical issues surrounding contemporary healthcare.

Concordia Bioethics Institute at the Concordia University, Wisconsin aims to serve Jesus Christ and humanity by bringing the power of the Gospel and guidance from God’s Law to help people make decisions compatible with the Christian faith on issues in biology and health care. Our vision is to address ethical issues in health care and the life sciences from a distinctively Lutheran perspective and to facilitate Concordia University Wisconsin in accomplishing its Purpose Statement of ”exerting a Christian influence on the community, nation, and world” by becoming an important Protestant bioethics teaching, service, and research center.

John Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics aims to conduct advanced scholarship on the ethics of clinical practice, biomedical science, and public health, both locally and globally, and to engage students, trainees, the public, and policy-makers in serious discourse about these issues. We are committed to the following: (1) conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research; (2) training the next generation of leaders in bioethics; (3) helping to prepare students and trainees for the ethical challenges of professional and civic life; (4) informing the public about bioethical issues; and (5) contributing to more ethical public policies and practices.

Bioethics Institute of New York Medical College aims to promote the care of patients as whole persons through the research and teaching of bioethics. As a medical school in the Roman Catholic tradition, New York Medical College is committed to promoting the principles of respect for persons and the dignity of human life. These commitments require serious study of the moral issues that face health care practitioners and patients.

Center for Practical Bioethics is an independent organization nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. More than a think-tank, the Center puts theory into action to help people and organizations find real-world solutions to complex issues in health and healthcare. Work is concentrated in four areas:

  • Aging and End of Life Care – to improve care or seriously ill and dying people and their family caregivers.
  • Clinical and Organizational Ethics – to sustain and protect ethical decision making in healthcare.
  • Disparities in Health and Healthcare – to eliminate disparities in health and healthcare linked to class, race and ethnicity.
  • Life Science and Research Ethics – to advance the protection of human subjects and the responsible conduct of biomedical research.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions, University of North Florida draws on the expertise of scholars in the Philosophy Department, other COAS departments, and UNF’s professional colleges: Health, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and Computing Sciences and Engineering.

Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to helping and educating health care professionals, students, policy makers and community members explore the challenging ethical questions that have accompanied scientific advances and changes in the health care delivery system.

The Penn Center for Bioethics attached to the University of Pennsylvania is a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine. The Center is the home to many interdisciplinary research projects, including vaccine ethics, mental health ethics, pediatric biobanking and high school Bioethics. The institutes website provides links to online Bioethics resources and current research projects.

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE)at the Stanford School of Medicine  is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education in biomedical ethics, and provides clinical and research ethics consultation. SCBE serves as a scholarly resource on emerging ethical issues raised by medicine and biomedical research.

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities.

Journals on Bioethics/Medical Ethics

The American Journal of Bioethics is a peer reviewed journal  owned and published in print and online by Taylor & Francis Group. The mission of The American Journal of Bioethics is to provide the clinical, legal, academic, scientific, religious and broad community-at-large with a rapid but comprehensive debate of issues in bioethics. The Journal aims to inspire and inform research and writing across disciplines, through target articles, peer commentary, book reviews, qualitative research, literary criticism, photography and graphic arts, and comments on developments in law and medical science.

Journal of Medical Ethics is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical ethics. The journal seeks to promote ethical reflection and conduct in scientific research and medical practice. It features original articles on ethical aspects of health care, as well as case conferences, book reviews, editorials, correspondence, news and notes. To ensure international relevance JME has Editorial Board members from all around the world including the US, Europe, Australasia and Far East. Non-institution subscribers can subscribe for free by creating an account, and when they are logged in they have free access to everything published up until 2006.

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics is a journal  for interdisciplinary studies in the philosophy and methodology of medical practice and research. The articles focus on the discussion of medical application of advanced methods in the philosophy of science, classical and non-classical logics, and mathematics.

BMC Medical Ethics is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles in relation to the ethical aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice, including professional choices and conduct, medical technologies, healthcare systems and health policies.

Ethics and Medicine is an international journal of Bioethics. The journal articles focus on analysis and application about issues in the ever changing field of medical and biotechnology. Such issues include: cloning, reproductive technologies, euthanasia and assisted suicide, physician-patient relationship, stem-cell research, contraception, nursing ethics, medical professionalism, pharmaceutical ethics, biotechnology ethics, genetic ethics, transplantation ethics, definition of death, and aging.

The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy is the flagship scholarly journal in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. Its contributors and focus are international, addressing bioethical concerns across the world. Significant attention has been given to bioethics and foundational issues in health care policy in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The journal’s concerns range from clinical bioethics to studies in the philosophy of medicine such as explorations of the nature of concepts of health and disease, as well as the character of medical explanation.

Bioethics is the official journal of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). The IAB aims to be truly international, linking all those working in bioethics and related fields, facilitating mutual contact, and encouraging the discussion of cross-cultural aspects in Bioethics.

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal  is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal of the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.  The journal  seeks to publish philosophically rigorous and practically relevant articles that explore the conceptual foundations and complexities of bioethical issues.

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics of the American Soceity of Law Medicine and Ethics is a leading peer-reviewed journal for research at the intersection of law, health policy, ethics, and medicine.  Material published in the Journal  provides articles on such timely topics as health care quality and access, managed care, pain relief, genetics, child/maternal health, reproductive health, informed consent, assisted dying, ethics committees, HIV/AIDS, and public health.


Books on Bioethics/Medical Ethics

  • Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics: A Twenty-Year Retrospective and Critical Appraisal- by Ronald A. Carson and  Chester R. Burns (ISBN: 9780792335450)
  • Building Bioethics: Conversations with Clouser and Friends on Medical Ethics- by Loretta M. Kopelman and  K. Danner Clouser (ISBN: 9780306468711)
  • Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature- by Mahala Yates Stripling (ISBN: 9780313320408)
  • The Birth of Bioethics- by Albert R. Jonsen (ISBN: 9780195171471)
  • When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust- by Arthur L. Caplan (ISBN:9780896032354)
  • Bioethics: A Return to Fundamentals- by Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver, and K. Danner Clouser ( ISBN: 9780195114300)
  • Bioethics: An Anthology-by Helga Kuhse and  Peter Singer (ISBN: 9780631203117)
  • Global Bioethics: Issues of Conscience for the Twenty-first Century-by Ronald Michael Green, Aine Donovan, and Steven A. Jauss (ISBN:9780199546596)
  • Clinical Bioethics: Theory and Practice in Medical Ethical Decision Making- by James F. Drane (ISBN:9781556126123)
  • Bioethics and the Humanities: Attitudes and Perceptions -by Robert Silcock Downie  and  Jane Macnaughton (ISBN: 9781844720521)
  • The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics -by Vardit Ravitsky, Autumn Fiester, and Arthur L. Caplan (ISBN: 0826115225)
  • The View From Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences- by Raymond G. De Vries (ISBN:9781405152693)
  • Bioethics Around the Globe- by Catherine Myser (ISBN: 9780195386097) 
  • Clinical bioethics: a search for the foundations- by Corrado Viafora (ISBN:9781402035920)
  • The Philosophy and Practice of Medicine and Bioethics: A Naturalistic-Humanistic Approach- by W. A. Shibles and  Barbara Maier (ISBN: 9789048188666)
  • Bioethics in Cultural Contexts: Reflections on Methods and Finitude -by Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Marcus Düwell, and Dietmar Mieth  (ISBN: 9781402042416)
  • On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics -by Stephen E. Lammers, Allen Verhey (ISBN: 9780802803696)
  • Arguments and Analysis in Bioethics- edited by Matti Häyry, Tuija Takala, and Peter Herissone-Kelly (9789042028029)
  • A Companion to Bioethics-by Helga Kuhse, and  Peter Singer (ISBN: 9780631230199)
  • The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics- by Peter A. Singer,  and Adrian M. Viens (ISBN:9780521872843)

Articles on Bioethics/Medical Ethics

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