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Vaughn offers a hybrid of text, readings, and cases to fill a need left for a current, accessible introduction to the philosophical, medical, scientific, social, and legal aspects of key bioethics issues. It offers a balance between basic ethical theories and current controversies. Its case-driven approach and a very robust set of pedagogical features introduce issues in a way that engages students in decision making. Hot topics include paternalism and patient autonomy, truth telling, informed consent, abortion, in vitro fertilization, cloning, impaired infants, embryonic stem-cell dilemmas, genetic engineering, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, human and animal research, inequities in access to medical treatment, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and health-care costs.