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Producing a Global History of Medical Ethics
Producing a Global History of Medical Ethics
NEH funding supported the development of The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics, which is now used by medical practitioners around the world. Image courtesy of Cambridge University Press.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, editors Robert Baker and Laurence McCullough took on a monumental task: creating the first global history of medical ethics. More than a decade in the making, the book is the combined effort of 55 contributors. In 63 chapters, the history provides a solid grounding in both present bioethics and the long history of medical ethics, beginning in 4,000 BCE and ending in 2000 CE. The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics represents the perspectives and histories of the world’s major regions and religions, provides insights into the experiences of medical practitioners and patients, and considers both modern and historical questions of ethics. Owned by hospital libraries and used by medical practitioners around the world, it is now considered an indispensable resource for providing professional patient care and educating future generations of healthcare professionals. Choice, the official journal of the American Library Association, cited The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics as “outstanding book of the year in health sciences.”

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