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Medicine Unbound : The Human Body and the Limits of Medical Intervention: Emerging Issues in Biomedical Policy - Robert H. Blank

Medicine Unbound

The Human Body and the Limits of Medical Intervention: Emerging Issues in Biomedical Policy

Paperback Published: 11th August 1994
ISBN: 9780231081498
Number Of Pages: 287
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This volume focuses on issues involving the inviolability of the human body and the decision to end life. The contributors explore the difficulties in framing a public policy that legalizes aid in dying, and return to the more general question of what is the most fair and effective relationship between private medical authority and public policy. In Part 1, biologists, ethicists, theologians and political scientists examine the issue of whether there ought to be limits to medical intervention. Although medicine has continually stretched the boundaries of intervention in the human body, new technologies of organ transplantation and genetics and the emergence of revolutionary drugs raise ethical concerns over how far we should go in moving from therapeutics to enhancement of the human body. Questions of inviolability also arise in situations where treatment of the foetus requires intrusion into the bodily integrity of the pregnant woman. The contributors debate what is meant by inviolability and where, if ever, it should be a matter of public policy. Part 2 brings together authors from bioethics, medicine, psychology, journalism and politics to examine the intensifying debate over the empowerment of patients in making decisions to end life.

ISBN: 9780231081498
ISBN-10: 0231081499
Series: Emerging Issues in Biomed. Policy, 3
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 11th August 1994
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44