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Ethics of Health Care: A Guide for Clinical Practice, 4th Edition

  • Raymond S. Edge
  • J. Randall Groves
  • ISBN-10: 1285854187
  • ISBN-13: 9781285854182
  • 416 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 1999, 1994
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Designed for students pursuing careers in a variety of health care programs, ETHICS OF HEALTH CARE: A GUIDE FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE, 4e, delivers an excellent background in legal and ethical theory while emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, and professional behavior. The 4th edition has been completely updated to modernize content and streamline its focus to reflect the needs of today’s health care students. The first four chapters provide foundational knowledge students need to understand the legal system and ethical theory as it relates to health care practice. Building on these concepts, readers explore ethical and legal health care controversies through a wide variety of issues such as reproductive health, organ donation, physician assisted dying, just allocation of health care, cloning and genetics, and human enhancements. Legal and ethical case studies, current news stories, and problems stimulate discussion and thought. By teaching the language of the legal system and biomedical ethics and focusing on critical thinking skills, the text equips students with the tools to make sound legal and ethical decisions.


  • Objectives: Each chapter begins with instructional objectives designed to help readers focus on the main ideas.

  • Key Terms: A list of key terms is provided for each chapter. Key terms are highlighted with boldface type when they first appear in the text to alert students to important concepts as they are introduced. The glossary defining these key terms is at the end of the book.

  • Case Studies: Found throughout the chapters, these scenarios mirror real-world practice and are followed by critical thinking questions that help students synthesize information.

  • Legal Case Studies: Drawing from actual legal cases, hands-on case studies throughout the book encourage students to reflect on the laws that impact health care decisions.

  • In the News: Showcasing real-life news stories, In the News features highlight current legal and ethical issues -- prompting lively classroom discussion.

  • Key Concepts: Chapters conclude with a list of key concepts, giving readers a quick overview of the important ideas found in the unit.

  • Review Exercises: End-of-chapter review questions encourage readers to explore the theoretical positions found in the material and to practice decision making.

  • Instructor Resources: The Instructor Companion Website provides easy access to an Instructor's Manual with a sample syllabus and teaching tips, as well as customizable PowerPoint® presentations and Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero®.


"thorough, easy to comprehend, and relevant to a variety of (allied) health care professionals”
— Cheryl Bellamy, Rutgers – School of Health Related Professions

About the Author

Raymond S. Edge

Professor Raymond S. Edge, EdD, RRT is the author of several textbooks on health care ethics and law. During an academic career extending over three decades, he served as a dean and full professor at several major universities where in addition to teaching and administrative duties, he established faculty and student educational exchange programs with the People's Republic of China and traveled and lectured extensively in that nation. Since retiring from university teaching and administration, he has pursued his passion for regional history and culture, completing a three-book archeological fiction series based on actual Mississippi River sites and artifacts. His 2015 S: MEMOIR OF AN ICONIC GENTLEMAN recently won a silver book award in the category of best seasonal book.

J. Randall Groves

Professor J. Randall Groves, PhD is a professor of humanities at Ferris State University. He teaches a variety of courses including Ethics, Intro to Humanities, Eastern Religion, Western Religion, Comparative Civilization, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy, Chinese Religion and Philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism, Film and Popular Culture. His special interests are the Philosophy of World Cultural History and Comparative Civilizations. He also plays jazz guitar. His publications include AN INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE ETHICS, Comparative Philosophy Mind, Religion and War, India in Western Philosophy of History. Dr. Groves earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and M.A. in history from UC San Diego.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Obligations of a Professional.
2. Human Value Development and the System of Public Law.
3. Decision Making in Value Issues and Private Law.
4. Basic Principles of Health Care and the Nature of Rights in Ethical Discourse.
5. Confidentiality and the Management of Health Care Information.
6. Justice and the Allocation of Scarce Resources.
7. Role Fidelity.
8. Reproductive Issues.
9. Decisions at the End of Life.
10. Health Care Ethics and the Near Future.

New to this edition

  • Now more streamlined and user friendly than ever, the new fourth edition of ETHICS OF HEALTH CARE: A GUIDE FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE is now a succinct ten chapters that focus on key concepts using language that is more accessible for today’s health care student.
  • All-new information regarding the American legal system and how it impacts health care practice includes information on the foundation and fundamental principles of law, common misunderstandings about the nature of law, the elements of a lawsuit, public and private law, and updated HIPAA and electronic health records information.
  • Completely up to date with the latest advances and issues from the field, the fourth edition includes recent developments in the distribution of health care and world health care models as well as the legal status of physician assisted death in Western nations.
  • New material has been added on CRISPR technique, synthetic organisms, genetic testing, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), and human enhancement.
  • The Reproductive Issues chapter has been thoroughly updated with new abortion statistics as well as information on the politics of abortion.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Website  (ISBN-10: 1305393813 | ISBN-13: 9781305393813)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor's manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305267125 | ISBN-13: 9781305267121)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

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