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Bioethics is the ethics of biological science and medicine. It is concerned with the ethical issues that arise in the relationship among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, philosophy, and theology.
Is the body a republic?This paper articulates the ethical issues involved in organ and tissue retention and use, both in the case in which the deceased’s wishes are known and in the case in which the wishes are not known.
Ethical issues of resuscitation: an American perspectiveChallenging issues confront emergency physicians routinely when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The ethics of policy writing: how should hospitals deal with moral disagreement about controversial medical practices?Every healthcare organisation (HCO) enacts a multitude of policies, but there has been no discussion as to what procedural and substantive requirements a policy writing process should meet in order to achieve good outcomes and to possess sufficient author
Human Dignity: The Fundamental Concept in BioethicsIn December of 2005, the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics met to discuss the topic, "Human Dignity as a Bioethical Concept."
Bioethics for Believers: The Role of the Church in Matters of Life and HealthDuring the last quarter of the 20th Century, Christian thinker Francis Schaeffer and pediatric surgeon C. Everett Koop embarked on a project to equip the church on the crucial issue of abortion and warn of the looming threats against human life and dignit
Finding the Human in Christian BioethicsIs this indeed love, to want to find it outside oneself?
Celling Out: Bioethics and the Culture of CoolA buddy of mine from college, one of the few with whom I still maintain regular contact, is convinced that I misplaced my brain somewhere over the course of the last eleven years.
Human Dignity: Still Defying DevaluationIs the concept of “human dignity” of any use in bioethics?
What Is Good For The Goose Or The Gander?Though a tiger in the Berlin Zoo and a dairy cow in Wisconsin don't have much in common, each animal has specific welfare needs that must be addressed.
Deliberately Exposing People To Toxins: Report Calls For More Stringent Ethical Standards In Scientific StudiesWhen regulating chemicals to protect public health, information from studies that involve intentional dosing of humans with toxic chemicals should be considered only if such experiments meet the most stringent scientific and ethical standards...
Towards evidence based bioethicsUse of epidemiological methods to study human behaviour is necessary to create an evidence base to inform ethical positions in medicine and science
Ethical considerations in presymptomatic testing for variant CJDIn this article the ethical implications of the availability of these tests are elaborated and comparisons drawn with predictive genetic testing for Huntington’s disease and screening for HIV.
The tension between self governance and absolute inner worth in Kant’s moral philosophyIt is argued in this paper, however, that this line of thought cannot be supported by Kant’s original ideas.
Making sense of dignityIn this review of Leon Kass’s Life, liberty and the defense of dignity and Deryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword’s Human dignity in bioethics and biolaw. I consider the prospects for a theory of dignity as a basis for bioethics research.
Framing the Future: Embryonic Stem Cells, Ethics and the Emerging Era of Developmental BiologyThe moral and scientific dimensions of this proposal are discussed as a way forward for embryonic stem cell research as well as a frame for further studies in developmental biology.
Is It Ethical to Use Enhancement Technologies to Make Us Better than Well?While these “enhancement technologies” can help people adapt to their rapidly changing lifestyles, their use raises important ethical issues.
Many Medical Screening Tests May Be UnnecessaryDoctors can face an ethical dilemma when patients request screening tests---such as those for breast cancer and prostate cancer---that may be ill-advised under certain circumstances.
Brain-scanning Technologies Need Standards, According To Stanford ResearcherResearchers have developed ever more sensitive ways of peering into the brain to seek out explanations for brain disease.
Feeling Good About PlacebosA medical ethicist believes giving a patient a placebo the old-fashioned way using some kind of "dummy" medication is deceptive and in most cases should not be done.
More Evidence Of Cannabis-induced PsychosisVolunteers taking cannabis-based therapeutic drugs as part of a controlled trial, which had been approved by an ethics board as safe for the subjects, experienced psychotic effects just as strong as if they had smoked cannabis.
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