STS.006J / 24.06J Bioethics, Spring 2006
Author(s)Hare, Caspar John, 1972-; Jones, David S. (David Shumway)
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Many difficult ethical questions have arisen from the explosive growth of biomedical research and the health-care industry since World War II. When and how should doctors be allowed to help patients end their lives? Should embryos be cloned for research and/or reproduction? Should parents be given control over the genetic make-up of their children? What sorts of living things is it appropriate to use as research subjects? How should we distribute scarce and expensive medical resources? While some of these questions are genuinely new, products of rapid changes in biomedical technology, others have been debated for centuries. Drawing on philosophy, history, and anthropology, this course will show students how problems in bioethics can be approached from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of understanding how we have gotten where we are, and how we should decide where to go next.
medical ethics, ethics, genetics, stem cell, GM, genetically modified, genetic engineering, risk, biomedical, medicine, cloning, euthanasia, abortion, eugenics, slippery slope, organ transplant, organ donor, disease, public health, health care