Why did I love this book?
This is a classic book.
It is probably the most influential book in the field of medical ethics since the field was established during the 1960s.
I use this book and its invoked Georgetown Mantra of Bioethics, which includes the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice, in all my medical ethics courses, and refer to this book often when I'm writing about medical ethics and end-of-life concerns.
Its guiding principles are relevant today as they were when the book was written.
I invited Tom Beauchamp to one of the conferences I organised. Tom subsequently contributed a chapter to my edited volume Medical Ethics at the Dawn of the 21st Century (New York: New York Academy of Sciences, 2000), Vol. 913 of the Annals.
He also invited me to present my book at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. When I was teaching at Johns Hopkins I also enjoyed meeting his life partner, Ruth Faden, who is also a brilliant medical ethicist.