08 June 2022

The complete Library of Bioethics

The presentation of the "Library of Bioethics" by Academician Alexander Chuchalin took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nikita Lanskoy, "Scientific Russia"

The final presentation of the books that make up the "Bioethics Library" of Academician Alexander Grigoryevich Chuchalin was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In addition to the compiler of the library, two other creators took part in the presentation: Grigory Eduardovich Ordzhonikidze, Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, and Leonid Leonidovich Palko, General Director of the Veche publishing house.


The main task of the library, according to its compilers, was to create a set of the most important works on bioethics, which could be freely used by specialists in need of it, primarily doctors and students of medical universities. Currently, according to A.G. Chuchalin, ethical issues are not studied deeply enough in the student environment, although their importance can hardly be overestimated. 

"This library is not a closed or elite set of books for higher educational institutions. It's open. But, of course, its main audience works and studies at medical universities. First-year students will benefit from the philosophy presented in the library: Immanuel Kant, N.A. Berdyaev, Ingvar Johansson, Nils Linet. Two years later, they will come to hospitals for the first time, begin to communicate with sick people and they will face new ethical problems. There are works in the library for this case — these are my texts and the texts of outstanding luminaries. Then there will be a fourth, fifth course, duty next to the seriously ill. New dilemmas arise, described in the works of, say, E.S. Botkin. And finally, the sixth year, the final of medical education and the problem of medical error, which was also written by V.V. Veresaev," A.G. Chuchalin told about the books included in the library.

The library's books will contribute to continuing education even among long-honored professionals, the academician believes. Moreover, many of the works presented in it will be of interest to those whose life is not connected with medicine, for example, N.A. Berdyaev's reflections on self—knowledge, anxiety and fear, and love. Topics related to bioethics in one way or another go beyond just medical issues.

"Access to this library will be open. Through a reader's ticket, you will be able to connect to it online and get everything for free. These books could have been found earlier, but now they are fixed as ”tablets” in the Russian book storeroom," L.L. Palko noted. — In the National Electronic Library and in 17 Russian libraries, these books are now reflected as a collection of works. And all this was done without state support, with the money of sponsors, primarily thanks to Alexander Grigorievich." 

"It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this library, primarily for medical students. We, within UNESCO and in the Russian Federation in particular, have a network of international departments. And through this network we will be able to distribute it," G.E. Ordzhonikidze said. He congratulated the team of compilers on the completion of this great work. In addition, the Executive Secretary of the Russian Commission for UNESCO thanked Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, for participating in the project of creating a library.

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