Subject librarians are here to help with your research!
- Show you the best places to begin your research.
- Help you develop effective search strategies.
- Locate the information you need within our library.
- Obtain books, articles, cds, etc. from other libraries.
- Find additional information from citation lists/bibliographies.
- Judge the quality & reliability of information.
- Use information ethically (e.g. plagiarism).
- Cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
- Demonstrate how to use citation resources.
- Tell the difference between various literature types.
- Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.
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Human longevity and quality of life have been greatly enhanced over the past century because of advances in modern medicine. We owe a lot of our understanding of disease progression, illness, injury and medical treatments to the use of animals, cadavers, embryotic stem cells, and living humans in medical research and training. That progress resulted from the dynamic tension between human mortality and the morality of our decisions; in essence ‘when do the ends justify the means?’
In this class we will dissect the ethical principles that guide knowledge acquisition on disease, illness, injury and decisions regarding the effectiveness of treatment. Undoubtedly, you all have encountered difficult decision moments in your lives and you know that careful consideration of facts and consequences dictate our choices. In our discussions we will use multiple lenses to examine this topic, such as the perspectives of the laboratory scientist, animal rights activists, patients, and medical practitioners. Finally, we will have the opportunity to encounter these issues firsthand through discussions with scientists, visits to animal testing laboratories, and explorations in the Human Anatomy Laboratory on Willamette's campus.