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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.

Bioethics Articles

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.

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: 4.00, 7 pages

Ethical issues of resuscitation: an American perspective
Challenging issues confront emergency physicians routinely when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated, 3 pages

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

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

Human Dignity: The Fundamental Concept in Bioethics
In December of 2005, the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics met to discuss the topic, "Human Dignity as a Bioethical Concept."

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated

Bioethics for Believers: The Role of the Church in Matters of Life and Health
During 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

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: 2.00

Finding the Human in Christian Bioethics
Is this indeed love, to want to find it outside oneself?

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: 5.00

Celling Out: Bioethics and the Culture of Cool
A 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.

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: 8.00

Human Dignity: Still Defying Devaluation
Is the concept of “human dignity” of any use in bioethics?

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated

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.

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated

Deliberately Exposing People To Toxins: Report Calls For More Stringent Ethical Standards In Scientific Studies
When 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...

Date: 22 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated

Towards evidence based bioethics
Use of epidemiological methods to study human behaviour is necessary to create an evidence base to inform ethical positions in medicine and science

Date: 15 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated, 6 pages

Ethical considerations in presymptomatic testing for variant CJD
In 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.

Date: 15 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated, 10 pages

The tension between self governance and absolute inner worth in Kant’s moral philosophy
It is argued in this paper, however, that this line of thought cannot be supported by Kant’s original ideas.

Date: 15 Nov 2006, Rating: 1.00, 6 pages

Making sense of dignity
In 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.

Date: 15 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated, 3 pages

Framing the Future: Embryonic Stem Cells, Ethics and the Emerging Era of Developmental Biology
The 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.

Date: 15 Nov 2006, Rating: 4.40, 10 pages

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.

Date: 15 Nov 2006, Rating: 1.00, 6 pages

Many Medical Screening Tests May Be Unnecessary
Doctors 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.

Date: 14 Nov 2006, Rating: 3.00

Brain-scanning Technologies Need Standards, According To Stanford Researcher
Researchers have developed ever more sensitive ways of peering into the brain to seek out explanations for brain disease.

Date: 14 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated

Feeling Good About Placebos
A 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.

Date: 14 Nov 2006, Rating: 5.00

More Evidence Of Cannabis-induced Psychosis
Volunteers 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.

Date: 14 Nov 2006, Rating: not rated