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Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine

Call for papers: Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine

Neuroscience is forging new directions and resources to access and affect neurological structures and functions. These tools and techniques have enabled applications in medical fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and pain care, both to treat disorders, and to modify cognition, emotions and behaviors. While such capabilities may be construed as beneficial, the discovery, development and use(s) of new devices, information and knowledge also incur ethical, legal and social issues; these are the focus of the relatively new, but ever more important, necessary and growing field of neuroethics.


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Cross journal collection
Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine
Edited by: Prof. James Giordano, Dr. John Shook
Collection published: 3 January 2014
Updated: 31 May 2017


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The many meanings of ‘Quality’ in healthcare: Interdisciplinary perspectives
Edited by: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst
Collection published: 23 April 2015


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Medical ethics in informed consent
Edited by: Prof James Giordano, Dr Fernando Marques
Collection published: 7 January 2014


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Medical tourism – concepts, ethics, and practices
Edited by: Prof Silke Schicktanz, Dr Tulsi Patel
Collection published: 20 August 2013


Cross journal collection
Towards a new psychiatry: Philosophical and ethical issues in classification, diagnosis and care
Edited by: Prof James Giordano
Collection published: 13 January 2012


Thematic series
Ethical Considerations: Organ transplantation and the definition of death in medical practice
Edited by: Dr Thomas S. Huddle
Collection published: 22 May 2007

A four-part working bibliography of neuroethics

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Given the growth, range, and rapid maturation of the field of neuroethics we provide an iterative, four-part document that affords a repository of international papers, books, and chapters that address the field in overview, and present discussion(s) of more particular aspects and topics of neuroethics.

Part 1: Overview and reviews – Defining and describing the field and its practices
Part 2: Neuroscientific studies of morality and ethics
Part 3: “Second tradition neuroethics” – Ethical issues in neuroscience
Part 4 - Ethical issues in clinical and social applications of neuroscience

Aims and scope

Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of the philosophy of medicine and biology, and the ethical aspects of clinical practice and research. It also considers papers at the intersection of medicine and humanities, including the history of medicine, that are relevant to contemporary philosophy of medicine and bioethics.

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Editors' profile

New Content ItemProf James Giordano, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. James Giordano PhD, MPhil, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. As well, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly Fulbright Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Prof. Giordano is a Research Fellow of the European Union Human Brain Project, and serves as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection.  In addition, he has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and as Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff, Pentagon.   

Prof. Giordano is the author of over 260 publications, 7 books, and 15 governmental whitepapers on neuroscience, neuroethics, and biosecurity.  His ongoing studies focus upon the mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, neural bases of moral cognition and behavior, and the neuroethical issues generated by research and applications of emerging neuroscience and neurotechnology. In recognition of his work in science and ethics, Prof. Giordano was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts.

Prof G. Kevin Donovan, Editor-in-Chief

Dr Donovan is the Director of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical School, and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is a clinician ethicist with over 25 years’ experience in the field.

Dr Donovan received the Founder's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research and Medicine from the University of Tulsa, an award sponsored by the Oklahoma chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. He has been listed in Who's Who in the World, as well as Best Doctors in America, and Top Doctors in America.


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