Mahala Yates Stripling, PhD

Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature

Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature, Second Edition

Many of the bioethical and medical issues challenging society today have been anticipated and addressed in literature ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Albert Camus's The Plague, to Margaret Edson's Wit. The ten works of fiction explored in this book stimulate lively dialogue on topics like bioterrorism, cloning, organ transplants, obesity and heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and civil and human rights. This interdisciplinary and multicultural approach introducing literature across the curricula helps students master medical and bioethical concepts brought about by advances in science and technology, bringing philosophy into the world of science.

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Worthwhile addition for schools with an integrated curriculum.

– School Library Journal

Advances in science have brought with them their own unique ethical and medical dilemmas, bringing the discipline of philosophy directly into the world of science. Students from high school to pre-med receive a well-rounded introduction to literary references to bioethical questions, from the beings created by technology to illness and end of life issues. Topics for oral or written discussion accompany synopses of plots.

– MBR Bookwatch

This resource for high school teachers and librarians describes ten accessible works of fiction used to help students explore a number of contemporary issues in medicine and bioethics. The selections analyzed span two centuries, from Mary Shelley's romantic novel Frankenstein (1818) to Margaret Edson's play, Wit (1999). Supplemental materials include a glossary and chronology of key events in literature, medicine, and science.

– SciTech Book News

Of all the recent books on the subject of Medical Ethics, this is far and away the best for anyone interested in the way in which Medical Ethics and Literature are related to one another. The author has used a number of great works—fiction and nonfiction—to illustrate the theory and practice of Medical Ethics. Her book surely will be read by students and practitioners of medicine and literature. As one who has participated in both of these disciplines, I recommend it highly.

– Richard Selzer, M.D.

About the Author

Mahala Yates Stripling, Phd.

Dr. Stripling, who received her PhD from Texas Christian University in 1997, is an independent scholar specializing in literature and medicine. A Yaddo Fellow, she has lectured at the Yale School of Medicine as well as in the Great Hall of the Atheneum on Nantucket Island, standing on the same podium where Ralph Waldo Emerson made an impassioned plea to end slavery. Stripling, who is an ACBL bridge aficionado and master swimmer, lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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