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Bioethics: Practice

  1. Carl Elliott1,
  2. Josephine Johnston2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005892.pub2



How to Cite

Elliott, C. and Johnston, J. 2009. Bioethics: Practice. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  2. 2

    The Hastings Center, Garrison, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


Bioethics is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses academic bioethics, clinical bioethics and health policy. Contemporary currents in bioethics emphasize the significance of practical experience for moral judgment, the influence of narrative and rhetorical style on ethical reasoning and the need to examine the social structures involved in the creation of power, authority and oppression.


  • history;
  • interdisciplinary;
  • casuistry;
  • narrative;
  • feminism