HEC Forum (2018) 30:153–156 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10730-018-9347-6 Are Handbooks Still Useful? Yes and No; It Depends on How You Use Them Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees, 2nd Edition. By Linda Farber Post and Jeffrey Blustein. Baltimore: Johns Hop- kins University Press, 2015. pp. xiii + 413. $49.95 Bryan Pilkington Published online: 13 February 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Writing a handbook is a challenging task that requires explaining the complex material of an entire ﬁeld to a possibly varied and often less knowledgeable (or, at least, less conversant) audience. Linda Farber Post and Jeffrey Blustein perform this task admirably in their second edition of Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees. Prudently, they respond to the challenging nature of this task by limiting the scope of the Handbook.It is for ethics committees. If the title alone does not make this clear, then their italicizing the preposition—for—surely does. This is not a text primarily for philosophers, theologians, social scientists, or even medical ethicists or bioethicists. Rather, the text serves as a guide for persons who sit on ethics committees; its content is practical in nature, beﬁtting such an audience. In this review, I ﬁrst summarize the content
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