I’m delighted that the English language version of my introductory book on bioethics, co-written with colleague Salvador Macip, is now available. Where Science and Ethics Meet: Dilemmas at the frontiers of medicine and biology is published by American company ABC-Clio (under their Praeger imprint). It may not make into your local Waterstone’s or WHSmith (at least not initially) but is available in the UK via online agents, including Amazon.
Praeger have done a fantastic job – the book is hardback with a dust jacket and looks really good. We are, however, always told not to judge a book by its cover and I’ve been thrilled that Where Science and Ethics Meet has had some stellar pre-publication endorsements. These include:
- “This is the most readable introductory bioethics book I have ever come across. Impressively up-to-date and informative, it grips the reader with its strong sense of narrative. Strongly recommended.“—Michael J. Reiss, Professor of Science Education, UCL Institute of Education
- “Imaginative and enthralling. . . . With impressive expertise the authors present fascinating and user-friendly case studies for an enlightened and balanced account of pivotal bioethical debates for non-expert readers. What results is a highly original and authoritative roadmap of the moral and social implications that both clarify and potentially challenge the established norms of humanity and civilization.“—Gerard Magill, Vernon F. Gallagher Chair and Professor, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University
- “The authors provide clear, well-balanced, and entertaining accounts of cutting-edge and frequently controversial topics in bioscience. I strongly recommend this original, thought-provoking introduction to bioethics that will prove of great value both to members of the general public and to those already embarked on a career in biology or medicine.“—David Adams, Editor, Effective Learning in the Life Sciences. How Students Can Achieve Their Full Potential
- “I commend strongly this well-written, readable, and informative book. Topics are introduced by beautifully crafted case studies followed by up-to-the-minute accounts of the related biomedical technologies, even-handed ethical discussions, and dozens of helpful text-boxes. A very valuable addition to bioethics literature.“—John Bryant, Emeritus Professor of Biosciences, University of Exeter; author of Beyond Human?
- “It often seems that developments in science race ahead while ethical debate is slow to catch up. Here, eight areas of cutting-edge scientific development and their related ethical debates are presented in an extremely clear and engaging manner using narratives that hook readers into the science and guide them through the ethical arguments for and against each development. I recommend this book to any reader interested in understanding the relationship between current scientific developments and ethics. Willmott and Macip urge us to reflect on the ethical impact of scientific developments and, crucially, to ask what kind of society is ethically acceptable for ourselves and future generations.“—Ann Gallagher, Professor of Ethics and Care, International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey
- “As engrossing as any work of fiction and just as full of twists and turns, this book tackles some of the biggest ethical dilemmas we face by masterfully mixing hypothetical scenarios with real-world examples at the edge of scientific discovery. A gripping and thought-provoking read.“—Luís Carrasqueiro, Chief Executive, healthtalk.org
- “Written in a lively and engaging style, and enriched by intriguing case studies, this book is an invaluable introduction to bioethics. It will prove useful both for self study and for use in a wide range of courses dealing with this highly topical area. A particular merit is the book’s encouragement for readers to come to their own (now well-informed) conclusions.“—Professor Alastair V. Campbell, Corr FRSE, Director, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore
- “This is a wonderfully lucid and well-organized text that will be very useful for anyone teaching bioethics to students of medicine or life sciences in school or university.“—Professor Richard Ashcroft, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
The book is a slightly revised version of the work which won us the European Prize for the Popularization of Science in November 2013.