Medical Research Ethics: Challenges in the 21st Century

Charles University in Prague

A new book offering an in-depth analysis of Medical Research Ethics on an international scale has been released. This comprehensive volume delves into the historical and philosophical aspects of the subject, with the aim of sparking discussions on controversial and foundational elements within the field.

The book features an extensive collection of chapters focusing on key areas of medical research where ethical issues often arise, both in theory and in practice. Topics covered include genetics, neuroscience, surgery, palliative care, diagnostics, risk and prediction, security, pandemic threats, finances, technology, and public policy.

This essential resource is suitable for students and professionals across various disciplines, ranging from introductory courses to the highest levels of expertise. The collective insights and research from leading scholars in bioethics make this book indispensable for medical students attending bioethics seminars and courses, as well as the philosophy of bioethics classes in departments of philosophy, nursing faculties, and law schools with a focus on medical law.

Furthermore, the book serves as a valuable reference for experts in comparative law and public health, international human rights, and policy planning within pharmaceutical companies.

About the editors:

Professor Tomas Zima, Head of the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine First Faculty of Medicine Charles University in Prague, served as Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine and Rector Magnificus of Charles University. Professor Zima is author of 470 articles which have been cited over 4500 times in the Science Citation Index. He has also written nine books and is Author of over 75 additional chapters. He has lectured globally at 160 universities and served in many leadership roles including as Member of the European Commission’s Scientific Panel for Health (SPH). He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health. 

Professor Weisstub is Honorary Life President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and Co-President of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health. He is Founding Editor of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine (Springer). For over 40 years, he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (Elsevier) and is Co-Editor of Éthique, Médecine et Politiques Publiques with Professor Christian Hervé. For over 20 years, he was Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Until 2017, Professor Weisstub has held the Philippe Pinel Professorship in Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics at the Université de Montréal. He is Recipient of honorary doctorates in the USA, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic. A Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour, he was appointed Grande Ufficiale in the Republic of Italy and knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

Zima, T., & Weisstub, D. N. (Eds.). (2023). Medical Research Ethics: Challenges in the 21st Century (Vol. 132). Springer Nature.

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