This popular classroom text appears in a revised third edition with updates on nutrition and hydration, the persistent vegetative state, stem cell research, euthanasia, important court rulings, and many other topics critical to today’s health care profession.

The work is divided into three main sections: “Personhood,” which considers the use of faith and reason in the analysis of moral questions in medical decision-making and bioethics; “The Beginning of Human Life,” which examines the origin of the person, abortion, various reproductive technologies, and stem cell research; and “The End of Human Life,” which considers organ transplantation, suicide, decisions about prolonging life, and the determination of death. The appendices include a new chapter on eugenics, discussions of difficult end-of-life cases, the Declaration on Euthanasia, and the two Vatican instructions Donum vitae (1987) and Dignitas personae (2008). Each chapter has newly revised review questions that reiterate key points from the text and a set of discussion questions for generating student participation in classroom settings.

The text is written in an authoritative manner that is geared for the average student. Father Leies includes many interesting stories and analogies. This is a great textbook for the classroom setting. Each chapter includes review questions and discussion questions

Rev. John A. Leies is professor of theology and former President Emeritus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been named as an Outstanding Faculty Member of the School of Arts and Social Sciences and the Graduate School.

What They Are Saying:

“Rarely has the need for formation in moral conscience been more urgent. The revised third edition of John Leies’s Handbook of Critical Life Issues provides students with an easy to understand guide to questions of conscience that bear directly on the practice and delivery of health care. If we are to arrest the growing epidemic of moral relativism in our culture, we must focus, as Leies does, on the dignity of the human person.  While retaining its previous emphasis on topics in beginning- and end-of-life issues, this general revision provides new information on eugenics and stem cell research, Catholic teaching on nutrition and hydration, revised discussion questions, expanded appendices, and updated references. The Handbook should be a required text in the moral formation of all students in the health care professions.” — Bro. Ignatius Perkins, OP, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor of Nursing, Aquinas College, Nashville