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Book of the Month - November 2019

Our 'Book of the Month' for November 2019 is Humanity at the Heart of Practice: A Study of Ethics for Health-Care Students and Practitioners. You can get a 60% discount on the text until December.


Humans are the only beings in the world who are concerned with the morality of their actions. They perceive the impact of another human’s behaviour as good or evil, moral or immoral. Healthcare, at its core, is a morally virtuous act; it is humans caring for other vulnerable humans. However, it is also an arena in which life and death decisions must be made. As a consequence, ethical principles are vital in deciding what the good choice is. Humanity at the Heart of Practice is a study which unites ethical principles with healthcare practice to identify ‘the good choice’, and shows how to accurately apply it in difficult situations.

Co-authored by Beverly J. Whelton and Jane Neuenschwander, the book begins by considering values and good reasoning, then discusses what it is to be a being in the world, looking at both nature and human nature and considering both the professional and the patient. The volume moves on to explore making good ethical choices and the use of theoretical ethics to evaluate how such decisions should be formed. It also details issues at the beginning and end of life and concerns related to healthcare as a business.

Dr Catherine Greene, as Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City and current Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society, is well placed to judge the value of the volume. For Dr Greene, the strength of the text – in addition to its discussions of medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophy – lies in its use of humanity as its organising structure:

The text situates ethical problems in the midst of an interaction between two or more human persons, reasoning that a good understanding of what it means to be a person, along with an understanding of the basic principles and theories of person-centered virtue ethics, gives students the basic tools with which to begin to address ethical problems and to confront moral dilemmas in both the work place and in personal life.


Beverly J. Whelton, was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who®, is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA, and teaches online at Gonzaga University, USA. She has published articles in journals such as Linacre Quarterly, Nursing Philosophy, and Nursing Science Quarterly, and was Vice-Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society from 2005 to 2018.

Her co-author Jane Neuenschwander is a life-long educator who, amongst other significant roles, has worked as a NASA Educator Resource Manager with responsibilities in the area of educational professional development. She currently teaches in the Department of Education at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this exceptional title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2019.

 To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

To purchase the text with the above discount code, click here.

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