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Rethinking Informed Consent in Bioethics

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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521697477

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  • Informed consent is a central topic in contemporary biomedical ethics. Yet attempts to set defensible and feasible standards for consenting have led to persistent difficulties. In Rethinking Informed Consent in Bioethics, first published in 2007, Neil Manson and Onora O'Neill set debates about informed consent in medicine and research in a fresh light. They show why informed consent cannot be fully specific or fully explicit, and why more specific consent is not always ethically better. They argue that consent needs distinctive communicative transactions, by which other obligations, prohibitions, and rights can be waived or set aside in controlled and specific ways. Their book offers a coherent, wide-ranging and practical account of the role of consent in biomedicine which will be valuable to readers working in a range of areas in bioethics, medicine and law.

    • Offers a coherent picture of informed consent in biomedicine
    • Challenges received opinions in this area of heated contemporary debate
    • Covers the role of consent in a wide range of biomedical contexts including debates about autonomy, privacy and accountability
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    "This is an ambitious and timely book, one that is up to the job of defying a tide of opinion and practice. It will not turn back that tide on its own, but it represents a compelling and very forcefully-argued move against it. It deserves above all to reach the attention of policy-makers who for too long have drifted with the tide, and who have allowed a simple idea -- that informed consent can protect patients and research subjects -- to grow unchecked, and sprawl, and collapse under its own unsustainable weight." - Metapsychology Online Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521697477
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 161 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Consent: Nuremburg, Helsinki and beyond
    2. Information and communication: the drift from agency
    3. Informing and communicating: back to agency
    4. How to rethink informed consent
    5. Informational privacy and data protection
    6. Genetic information and genetic exceptionalism
    7. Trust, accountability and transparency
    Some conclusions and proposals.

  • Authors

    Neil C. Manson, Lancaster University
    Neil C. Manson is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Lancaster University.

    Onora O'Neill, University of Cambridge
    Onora O'Neill is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent publications include A Question of Trust: The BBC Reith Lectures 2002 (2002) and Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics (2002).

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