Category Archives: Resources

Open Access Week: Bioethics

Here at the Center for Bioethics we are marking Open Access Week by highlighting our free electronic collection, the Bioethics Digital Library (BEDL).

BEDL works to provide access to: out of print books that are now regarded as “classic texts” in bioethics and humanities; court decisions and legislation; government documents; the “gray” literature (unpublished, but authoritative professional literature such as conference abstracts, presented papers, commission meeting minutes); full text of journal articles; and both audio and visual materials.

Popular items in the collection include:

Jennifer Girod and Katherine Drabiak. A proposal for comprehensive biobank research laws to promote translational medicine in Indiana. 5 Ind. Health L. Rev. 217-250 (2008).

Eleanor D. Kinney, Heather A. McCabe, Amy Lewis Gilbert, Janna Jo Shisler. Altered standards of care for health care providers in the pandemic influenza. IND. HEALTH L. REV. 2009;6(1):1-16.

Eric M. Meslin and Kenneth Goodman. Biobanks and Electronic Health Records: Ethical and Policy Challenges in the Genomic Age. Indianapolis: Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University. October 2009.

Ethics guide for health care practitioners: working under conditions of an influenza pandemic. Plan, prepare, practice.

John E. Sidle. Experiences in Bioethics from Kenya: Equity, Informed Consent, and Community Participation in Research. Second lecture in a series: International Research Ethics. February 23, 2006.

Hosted by the IUPUIScholarWorks repositiory, BEDL is a stable, secure and free place to archive and find bioethics information.

If you would like to contribute an item to the Bioethics Digital Library or have questions about using the collection, contact us at:

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Indiana Eugenics – Fit to Breed?

William H. Schneider and our friends in the IUPUI Medical Humanities Program have launched their latest digital project on the history of eugenics in Indiana. This online exhibit, Fit to Breed, provides links to resources, historical documents, a timeline, and photographs.

Fit to Breed

Fit to Breed

The exhibit was built with the support of the IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program, a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., an IUPUI Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute Mentorship Project grant, and an NEH Humanities Initiative Grant funded through the Indiana Humanities Council.

Bioethics Books from the California Digital Library

Thanks to Dr. Dhananjaya (Jay) Arekere, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana for recently sharing with us a note about eScholarship Editions. Hosted by The California Digital Library, this collection of electronic books includes some excellent titles for bioethics readers. Friends of the IU Center for Bioethics may be particularly interested in browsing the over 500 books that are publicaly accessible in electronic, full text. Here are some short cuts:

Browse “Public” books by Subject

Browse “Public” titles by the subject “Ethics”

Browse “Public” titles by the subject “Public Policy”

Browse “Public” titles by the subject “Medical Anthropology”

— Jere Odell