Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Jeremy Sugarman and Daniel P. Sulmasy, 314 pp, paper, $39.95, ISBN 0-87840-873-8, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press, 2001.
The growth of bioethics as a field of inquiry has produced important work using many different methods, some descriptive and some normative. The book under review is the first attempt to systematically explore these different methods, with six chapters on normative approaches (philosophy, theology, professional codes, law, casuistry, and history) and five chapters on more descriptive approaches (qualitative, ethnographic, quantitative, experimental, and economic). As such, it is an important contribution to the field.
EthicsMethods in Medical Ethics. JAMA. 2002;287(10):1329-1330. doi:10.1001/jama.287.10.1329-JBK0313-4-1