About the Series

To promote research in the interdisciplinary field of bioethics, the Bioethics Research Library produced a series of 47 Scope Notes — annotated bibliographies with introductory essays — to provide a range of opinions on bioethical issues. They were not designed as a comprehensive review, but rather offered immediate reference to facts, opinion, and legal precedents (if applicable) for scholars, journalists, medical and legal practitioners, students, and other interested persons.

The Bioethics Scope Notes are available to individual researchers on the Bioethics Research Library website and at the Georgetown University Institutional Repository. Any redistribution or commercial use of these copyrighted works requires written permission of the Bioethics Research Library. Please note that, as of Scope Note 15, the series also appeared in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.

While the Scope Notes Archive is intended to provide a historical look at issues in Bioethics as they emerged, Scope Notes 17, 22, 24, and 28 were later updated in July 2011 as part of the Bioethics Research Library’s National Information Resource on Ethics and Human Genetics preservation project.

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  • Baby Fae/Cross Species Organ Transplantation (Xenografting) 

    Mistichelli, Judith (Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1985-01)
    On October 26, 1984, Dr. Leonard L. Bailey and his associates at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California implanted a heart from a seven- month-old baboon in a human infant born with hypoplastic left ...
  • AIDS 

    Iosco, Robert C. (Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1988-04-00)
  • AIDS (with 1991 update) 

    McCarrick, Pat Milmoe (Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1991-07)
    (Scope Note 8, AIDS: Law, Ethics and Public Policy, was published in April 1988. This updated bibliography was prepared at the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature (NRC), and first appeared in RSR: Reference ...
  • Bioethics Audiovisuals 

    McCarrick, Pat Milmoe (Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1988-09)
    Visual aids to stimulate discussion and enhance lectures have long been a popular supplement for education. Classic medical ethics films made in the early 1970’s survive as strong teaching tools used by ethicists, medical ...
  • Withholding or Withdrawing Nutrition or Hydration 

    McCarrick, Pat Milmoe (Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1992-01)
    (Scope Note 7, first published in November 1986, was last revised in 1988. Material published in the past few years has been added to this update.) Current medical technologies allow more people than ever before to survive ...

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