Books on the Program

APPE Twenty-second Annual Meeting

February 28 - March 3, 2013, San Antonio, Texas

BerneWaitingInSilenceRosalyn W. Berne, "Waiting in the Silence"

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Publication Date: September 7, 2012
When VISHNEW, the Virtual Information System for Human Noetic Evolution and Welfare first emerged, it was detected in only seven localities on earth, the island of Nantucket being one. Exquisitely intelligent, it appears to have formed independent of human design. VISHNEW is both venerated and abhorred; venerated by those who are connected, abhorred by the few who insist on their independence. Oriana, who is no longer connected, is accused by her mate of stealing his genetic material. Maintaining her innocence, she remains at a loss for how it is she has become pregnant. Leaving home on the night before her child is due, Oriana waits in the silence of Nantucket’s abandoned Quaker Meeting House, desperate in her attempt to escape VISHNEW’s persistent reach. At stake are her unborn child, the sovereignty of her womb, and the life force it has the power to transform.
 

How We Do HarmOtis Webb Brawley, "How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America"

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Release Date: October 30, 2012
How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today—the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians’ provide, insurance companies that don’t demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm. Dr. Otis Brawley is the chief medical and scientific officer of The American Cancer Society, an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career. How We Do Harm pulls back the curtain on how medicine is really practiced in America. Brawley tells of doctors who select treatment based on payment they will receive, rather than on demonstrated scientific results; hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that seek out patients to treat even if they are not actually ill (but as long as their insurance will pay); a public primed to swallow the latest pill, no matter the cost; and rising healthcare costs for unnecessary—and often unproven—treatments that we all pay for. Brawley calls for rational healthcare, healthcare drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments, and not just the peddling of hot new drugs. Brawley’s personal history – from a childhood in the gang-ridden streets of black Detroit, to the green hallways of Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in the U.S., to the boardrooms of The American Cancer Society—results in a passionate view of medicine and the politics of illness in America - and a deep understanding of healthcare today. How We Do Harm is his well-reasoned manifesto for change.

KrisBuntonRealityTVKristie Bunton, author; Wendy Wyatt, editor; "The Ethics of Reality TV: A Philosophical Examination"

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Publication Date: April 26, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1441189033 | ISBN-13: 978-1441189035 | Edition: 1

Reality television is continuing to grow, both in numbers and in popularity. The scholarship on reality TV is beginning to catch up, but one of the most enduring questions about the genre—Is it ethical?—has yet to be addressed in any systematic and comprehensive way. Through investigating issues ranging from deception and privacy breaches to community building and democratization of TV, The Ethics of Reality TV explores the ways in which reality TV may create both benefits and harms to society. The edited collection features the work of leading scholars in the field of media ethics and provides a comprehensive assessment of the ethical effects of the genre. ChristiansPublicCommunicationClifford Christians (Author), John Ferre (Author), Mark Fackler (Author), "Ethics for Public Communication: Defining Moments in Media History"

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Publication Date: November 30, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0195374541 | ISBN-13: 978-0195374544 | Edition: 1

Focusing on one historic episode per chapter, Ethics for Public Communication is divided into three parts, each dedicated to one of the three major functions of the media within democratic societies: news, persuasion, and entertainment. Authors Clifford Christians, Mark Fackler, and John Ferré, three trusted scholars in the field, discuss media ethics from a communicative perspective, setting the book apart from other texts in the market that simply combine journalism with libertarian theory. Classic media ethics cases, like the publication of Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring, are covered in tandem with such contemporary cases as the creation of Al-Jazeera English and the controversy surrounding Ice-T's protest song, "Cop Killer." CraggBusinessAndHumanRightsWesley Cragg (Author, Editor), "Business and Human Rights"

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Publication Date: January 30, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1781005761 | ISBN-13: 978-1781005767
The human rights issues have long played an important role in the strategies of, and the roles played by, corporations around the world. This book focuses on these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The authors examine the nature of and the limits of human rights responsibilities of business. They explore whether the protection of human rights should play a role in the regulation of international trade by bodies like the World Trade Organization and examine the effectiveness of voluntary standards in the clothing textiles trade, mining, advertising and the pharmaceutical industry. Long thought to be the exclusive jurisdiction of governments, the relationship between business and human rights has emerged in the last two decades as one of the most pressing issues in the field of business ethics. Do corporations have human rights responsibilities? If so, what is that nature of those responsibilities and do they differ in any significant way from those of governments? Is it reasonable or realistic to expect corporations to respect human rights in environments where governments, particularly in the developing and underdeveloped world, need economic development and have a limited capacity and/or interest in enforcing human rights standards and laws? Integrating theory and practice, the authors include discussion of the debates leading to the creation of the ISO 26000 standard and the United Nations human rights framework for business entities. They also explore the implications of the current debate for international trade agreements and trade with China. Scholars and students in management, philosophy, political science, and sociology will find this volume a great resource, as will activists, managers and policy makers.Contributors include: J. Bishop, T. Campbell, C. Coumans, W. Cragg, B. Hamm, A. Macleod, P. Potter, C. Sampford, A. Wellington, F. Wettstein, S. Wood

GlannonBrainBodyMindWalter Glannon, "Brain, Body, and Mind: Neuroethics with a Human Face"

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Publication Date: April 29, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0199734097 | ISBN-13: 978-0199734092 | Edition: 1
This book is a discussion of the most timely and contentious issues in the two branches of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics; and the ethics of neuroscience. Drawing upon recent work in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery, it develops a phenomenologically inspired theory of neuroscience to explain the brain-mind relation. The idea that the mind is shaped not just by the brain but also by the body and how the human subject interacts with the environment has significant implications for free will, moral responsibility, and moral justification of actions. It also provides a better understanding of how different interventions in the brain can benefit or harm us. In addition, the book discusses brain imaging techniques to diagnose altered states of consciousness, deep-brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, and restorative neurosurgery for neurodegenerative diseases. It examines the medical and ethical trade-offs of these interventions in the brain when they produce both positive and negative physical and psychological effects, and how these trade-offs shape decisions by physicians and patients about whether to provide and undergo them.
GunsalusYoungProfessionalsGuideC. K. Gunsalus, "The Young Professional's Survival Guide: From Cab Fares to Moral Snares"
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Publication Date: November 20, 2012
Imagine yourself in your new job, doing your best to make a good impression—and your boss asks you to do something that doesn’t feel right, like fudge a sales report, or lie to a customer. You have no idea how to handle the situation, and your boss is hovering. When you’re caught off guard, under pressure from someone more powerful, it’s easy to make a mistake. And having made one, it’s easier to rationalize the next one. The Young Professional’s Survival Guide shows how to avoid these traps in the first place, and how to work through them if you can’t avoid them. Many of the problems that arise in the workplace are predictable. C. K. Gunsalus, a nationally recognized expert on professional ethics, uses short, pungent real-world examples to help people new to the work world recognize the situations that can lead to career-damaging missteps—and prevent them. Gunsalus offers questions to ask yourself (and others) to help you recognize trouble and temptation, sample scripts to use to avoid being pressured into doing something you’ll regret, and guidance in handling disputes fairly and diplomatically. Most of all, she emphasizes, choose your mentors for their characters as well as their titles and talents. You can’t control the people around you, but you can control what you do. Reliance on a few key habits and a professional persona, Gunsalus shows, can help you advance with class, even in what looks like a “casual” workplace.
MowerPoliticsAndEducationDeborah Mower and Wade L. Robison, Editors, "Civility in Politics and Education"
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Publication Date: October 24, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0415897254 | ISBN-13: 978-0415897259
This book examines the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education. Although many assume that civility is merely polite behavior, it functions to aid rational discourse. Building on this basic assumption, the book offers multiple accounts of civility and its contribution to citizenship, deliberative democracy, and education from Eastern and Western as well as classic and modern perspectives. Given that civility is essential to all aspects of public life, it is important to address how civility may be taught. While much of the book is theoretical, contributors also apply theory to practice, offering concrete methods for teaching civility at the high school and collegiate levels.
LeeAnnePeckMediaEthicsLee Anne Peck and Guy S Reel, "Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals"
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Publication Date: September 11, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1452227845 | ISBN-13: 978-1452227849 0
The drawback of most media ethics books is they examine dilemmas faced by seasoned media managers and ignore situations faced by students as they enter the workforce. Lee Ann Peck and Guy S. Reel's Media Ethics at Work helps students assemble a toolkit for dealing with ethical issues on the job. At the heart of the book are 23 cases, true stories of problems encountered by recent professionals working in news, advertising and public relations. Each story is presented as a narrative, so readers can ponder: What would I do if this happened to me? When they've finished the book, they'll feel prepared with an array of theoretical and practical approaches for thinking on their feet. Cases include Tool for Thought and Tool for Action boxes-application of a theory or professional ethics code and practical how-to tips-Thinking it Through questions, What If? scenarios, and Go Online for More.
ReimanFreeAndJustJeffrey Reiman, "As Free and as Just as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism"
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Publication Date: May 8, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0470674121 | ISBN-13: 978-0470674123 | Edition: 1
Grafting the Marxian idea that private property is coercive onto the liberal imperative of individual liberty, this new thesis from one of America's foremost intellectuals conceives a revised definition of justice that recognizes the harm inflicted by capitalism's hidden coercive structures.
  • Maps a new frontier in moral philosophy and political theory
  • Distills a new concept of justice that recognizes the iniquities of capitalism
  • Synthesis of elements of Marxism and Liberalism will interest readers in both camps
  • Direct and jargon-free style opens these complex ideas to a wide readership
DavidResnikEnvironmentalHealthDavid B. Resnik, "Environmental Health Ethics"
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Publication Date: June 18, 2012
Environmental Health Ethics illuminates the conflicts between protecting the environment and promoting human health. In this study, David B. Resnik develops a method for making ethical decisions on environmental health issues. He applies this method to various issues, including pesticide use, antibiotic resistance, nutrition policy, vegetarianism, urban development, occupational safety, disaster preparedness, and global climate change. Resnik provides readers with the scientific and technical background necessary to understand these issues. He explains that environmental health controversies cannot simply be reduced to humanity versus environment and explores the ways in which human values and concerns - health, economic development, rights, and justice - interact with environmental protection.
SchonfeldHealthcareEthicsCommitteesD. Micah Hester and Toby Schonfeld, Editors, "Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees"
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Publication Date: August 27, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0521279879 | ISBN-13: 978-0521279871 | Edition: 1
Every accredited American hospital is required to have a mechanism for handling ethical concerns; most hospitals satisfy this requirement by constituting an institutional healthcare ethics committee (HEC), a pattern which is repeated in most western countries. This text provides definitive, comprehensive guidance for members of healthcare ethics committees who find themselves confronted with ethically challenging situations. Each chapter includes learning objectives, clinical case studies and questions to stimulate discussion among committee members. Particular emphasis is given to consultation, as this often presents the greatest challenges to committee members. Each chapter stands alone as a teaching module, as well as forming part of a comprehensive volume. Written and edited by nationally and internationally recognized experts in bioethics, this is essential reading for every member of a healthcare ethics committee.
Spence.BriggleGoodLifePhilip Brey, Adam Briggle, Edward Spence, Editors, "The Good Life in a Technological Age"
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Publication Date: March 21, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0415891264 | ISBN-13: 978-0415891264 | Edition: 1
Modern technology has changed the way we live, work, play, communicate, fight, love, and die. Yet few works have systematically explored these changes in light of their implications for individual and social welfare. How can we conceptualize and evaluate the influence of technology on human well-being? Bringing together scholars from a cross-section of disciplines, this volume combines an empirical investigation of technology and its social, psychological, and political effects, and a philosophical analysis and evaluation of the implications of such effects.
TheBrewstersJeffrey Spike , Thomas Cole, Authors, "The Brewsters" Rebecca Lunstroth is giving a Teaching demonstration at the 2013 Annual Meeting based on this publication.
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Publication Date: July 18, 2012
The Brewsters is an innovative way to learn health professional ethics: a choose-your-own-adventure novel where *you* play the roles of health care provider, scientific researcher, patient and their family. Storylines branch based on choices you make as you read. The immersive story is interwoven with in-depth didactic chapters on health professional ethics, clinical ethics and research ethics. The author/editors are longtime medical educators. Jeffrey Spike, PhD is a Professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and Director of the Campus-Wide Ethics Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Thomas Cole, PhD is the McGovern Chair in Medical Humanities and founding Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
 
 

TeaysSeeingTheLightWanda Teays, "Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies"

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Publication Date: March 13, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1444332880 | ISBN-13: 978-1444332889 | Edition: 1
Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Moviesis an engaging and innovative approach to the study of philosophy and the development of moral reasoning skills.
  • Features broad coverage of topics in ethics and moral reasoning
  • Offers an innovative and imaginative approach to showing relevance of movies for ethical reflection
  • Draws on a diverse selection of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries to illustrate ethical dilemmas and character development on the big screen that has application to our lives
  • Presents coverage of major ethical theories ranging from Ethical Egoism and Cultural Relativism to Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Rawls' Justice Theory, Aristotle's Virtue Ethics, and Feminist Ethics
  • Demonstrates how film is a powerful vehicle for sharpening skills in analysis and moral reasoning
  • Includes accompanying website
WagnerSchoolAdministrationPaul A. Wagner and Douglas J. Simpson, Authors, "Ethical Decision Making in School Administration: Leadership as Moral Architecture"

Amazon: Publication Date: October 22, 2008 Pedagogically rich, demographically inclusive, and culturally sensitive, Ethical Decision Making in School and District Administrationexposes educational leaders to an interdisciplinary array of theories from the fields of education, economics, management, and moral philosophy (past and present). Authors Paul A. Wagner and Douglas J. Simpson demonstrate how understanding key concepts can dramatically improve management styles and protocols.

Key Features
  • Contains numerous case studies that apply the book’s concepts to relevant ethical issues faced by school administrators
  • Reveals possibilities for thinking outside the box in terms of morally informed and effective leadership strategies aimed at securing organizational commitment and shared vision
  • Presents multiple theories of ethics, demonstrating how they inform decision making and culture building in school districts
  • Incorporates a range of in-text learning aids, including figures that clarify and critique ideas, a complete glossary, and end-of-chapter activities and questions

Wicclair bookMark R. Wicclair, "Conscientious Objection in Health Care: An Ethical Analysis"

Publication Date: June 30, 2011
Historically associated with military service, conscientious objection has become a significant phenomenon in health care. Mark Wicclair offers a comprehensive ethical analysis of conscientious objection in three representative health care professions: medicine, nursing and pharmacy. He critically examines two extreme positions: the 'incompatibility thesis', that it is contrary to the professional obligations of practitioners to refuse provision of any service within the scope of their professional competence; and 'conscience absolutism', that they should be exempted from performing any action contrary to their conscience. He argues for a compromise approach that accommodates conscience-based refusals within the limits of specified ethical constraints. He also explores conscientious objection by students in each of the three professions, discusses conscience protection legislation and conscience-based refusals by pharmacies and hospitals, and analyzes several cases. His book is a valuable resource for scholars, professionals, trainees, students, and anyone interested in this increasingly important aspect of health care.
YarriKafkasCreaturesMarc Lucht and Donna Yarri, Editors, "Kafka's Creatures: Animals, Hybrids, and Other Fantastic Beings"

Amazon:Publication Date: April 3, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0739143956 | ISBN-13: 978-0739143957 | Edition: Reprint

There are few literary authors in whose work animals and other creatures play as prominent a role as they do in Franz Kafka's. Exploring multiple dimensions of Kafka's incorporation of nonhuman creatures into his writing, this volume is the first collection in English of essays devoted to illuminating this important and ubiquitous dimension of his work. The chapters here are written by an array of international scholars from various fields, and represent a diversity of interpretive approaches. In the course of exploring the roles played by nonhuman animals and other creatures in Kafka's writing, they help make sense of the literary and philosophical significance of his preoccupation with animals, and make clear that careful investigation of those creatures illuminates his core concerns: the nature of power; the inescapability of history and guilt; the dangers, promise, and strangeness of the alienation endemic to modern life; the human propensity for cruelty and oppression; the limits and conditions of humanity and the risks of dehumanization; the nature of authenticity; family life; Jewishness; and the nature of language and art. Thus the essays in this volume enrich our understanding of Kafka's work as a whole. Especially striking is the extent to which the articles collected here bring into focus the ways in which Kafka anticipated many of the recent developments in contemporary thinking about nonhuman animals.