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School Name: Midwood High School

Address: 2839 Bedford Avenue

Phone: (718)859-0861

Fax: (718)859-0861

Librarian, Emily Cornell, Arlene Morales, Dina Jalowski

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The medical ethics collection is intended to augment the Medical Science Institute curriculum at Midwood High School. This Institute is a challenging sequence of courses focusing on science and mathematics, in which students are required to complete five years of Regents-level science classes. Among the required classes in the Institute is a class in medical ethics, and another in science research.

Questions for Inquiry:

How can we conduct human research in an ethical manner? How can we treat all patients ethically? How do we allow patients to die with dignity? Do we treat people at all levels of society in an equal manner? Should we treat all patients the same? Do we have the right to engineer living things? To what extent do we have the right to intervene in reproduction?


medical ethics, bioethics, abortion, stem cell research, right to die, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, cloning

Dewey Decimal Classification(s) with Subject Headings:

174 Economic and professional ethics
176 Ethics of sex and reproduction
177 Ethics of social relationships
363.46 Abortion
616 Diseases

Key Books


Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Stephen G. Post. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan ReferenceUSA/‌Thompson/Gale, 2004.
Source Book in Bioethics A Documentary History. Ed. Albert R. Jonsen, Robert M. Veatch, and LeRoy Walters. Washington, D.C.: Gergetown University Press, 1998.


Campbell, Alastair, Grant Gillett, and Gareth Jones. Medical Ethics. South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Egendorf, Laura K. Medical Ethics. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2005.
Fremgen, Bonnie F. Medical Law and Ethics. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/‌Prentice Hall, 2006.
Hilliard, Bryan. The U.S. Supreme Court and Medical Ethics: From Contraception to Managed Health Care. St. Paul, Minn.: Paragon House, 2004.
Moreno, Jonathan D. Is There an Ethicist in the House? On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005
Skoloot,Rebecca. The Immortal life of Henrietta Lack New York, Crown,2010


Braver, Gary. Gray Matter. New York: Forge/‌Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2002.
Cormier, Robert. The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. New York City: Dell, 1984.
Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. New York City: Bantam, 1966.
Patterson, James. The Lake House. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 2003.
Picault, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper: a novel. New York City: Atria, 2004.
Werlin, Nancy. Double Helix. New York City: Dial Books, 2004.

Magazine Articles:

• Print: Bioscience, Scientific American
• Online: ScienceDirect, National Institutes for Health, Science Resource Center; EBSCO Host Research Databases: MasterFile Select, General Science Collection.
Hoffmaster, Barry. “Can ethnography save the life of medical ethics?” Social Science and Medicine 35.12 (Dec. 1992): 1421-1431. ScienceDirect. Elsevier. 20 Apr. 2007
- - -. “The forms and limits of medical ethics.” Social Science & Medicine 39.9 (Nov. 1994): 155-1164. ScienceDirect. Elsevier. 20 Apr. 2007
Murray, Thomas H. “Medical ethics, moral philosophy and moral tradition.” Social Science and Medicine 25.6 (1987): 637-644. ScienceDirect. Elsevier. 20 Apr. 2007
Smith, Harmon L. “Medical ethics in the primary care setting.” Social Science & Medicine 25.6 (1987): 705-709. ScienceDirect. Elsevier. 20 Apr. 2007


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Web Sites:

American Society of Law, Medicine and Bioethics
Kennedy Center for Bioethics
New York Academy of Medicine
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics


Charly. 1968. DVD. MGM Home Entertainment, 2004.
Lorenzo’s Oil. 1992. Videocassette. Univeral Pictures.




The Way We Live: Taking the Pulse: Health & Medicine
The Examined Life: Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?
The Human Condition: What Price?
The Human Condition: Final Chapter
NOVA: Life's Greatest Miracle?
Gene Technology: Designing Genes
Gene Technology: Manipulating Animal Genes

Community Resources:

Brooklyn College Library
SUNY Downstate Medical School

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

-ELA Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
-ELA Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
-ELA Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.
-MST Standard 1: Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
-MST Standard 2: Students will access, generate, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
-MST Standard 5: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
-MST Standard 6: Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
-MST Standard 7: Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.
-Health Education Standard V: Advocacy: Demonstrates the ability to apply advocacy strategies and skills to enhance personal, family, and community health.


*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.