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THEO 437 - Christian Faith and the Healthcare Professions: Welcome

Resources to help students studying to become healthcare professionals and what difference Christian faith might make in fulfilling this vocation.

CLICsearch Catalog

CLICsearch is the library catalog of six private colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, including Saint Thomas. Books from other campuses can be requested online and delivered to the St. Thomas library of your choice.

What is Bioethics?

"'Bioethics is the study of the ethical, social, legal, philosophical, and other related issues arising in health care and in the biological sciences' (IAB 2008; Chadwick 2007, p. ii). Bioethics is interdisciplinary in nature and draws from diverse sources to bring ethical reflection to bear upon a range of issues and questions in medicine and the biomedical sciences."    

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Supplement 2009 [electronic resource]. Detroit: Gale in association with the Catholic University of America, 2009, 87.

"One may define bioethics generally as follows: the systematic exercise, study, and methodology of responsible agents and actions in the life sciences (e.g., biology) and healing arts (e.g., medicine).  The Oxford English Dictionary defines bioethics as, 'The discipline dealing with ethical questions that arise as a result of advances in medicine and biology.'  A biologist by the name of Van Rensselaer Potter first used the term to refer 'to a new field devoted to human survival and an improved quality of life, not necessarily or particularly medical in character.'  In 1977, the philosopher Samuel Gorovitz defined bioethics as the 'critical examination of the moral dimensions of decision-making in health-related contexts and in contexts involving the biological sciences.'  This definition is still a good  one for it highlights the interdisciplinary and social dimensions of bioethics.  It points us in the right direction as we enter the fascinating, but complex world of bioethics."    

An Introduction to Bioethics. Shannon, Thomas A. and Nicholas J. Kockler. 4th revised edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2009, 8.

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Catholic News Agency

The Catholic News Agency (CNA) is a provider of news related to Catholicism to an English speaking audience worldwide.

Pope John Paul II

Online Reference Sources

Guides by other UST librarians

Position Statement; The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Embryo Research

Online Background Information

Bioethics in World Religions