Bioethics and the Law: Medical, Socio-legal and Philosophical Directions for a Brave New World

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University Press of America, 1993 - Medical - 332 pages
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This book tackles the major issues of what has been loosely named 'The New Biology.' Contemporary advances in biotechnology and medical science are creating untold opportunities for not only biological or human engineering, but eugenic advancement as well as preconceptual and prenatal diagnosis-through genetic screening-of genetic diseases. While these new technologies have the ability to shape life even before it begins, they sadly often prolong it past the time it should have a dignified ending. George P. Smith discusses the challenges and the socio-legal, ethical, medical, philosophical, and political constructs involved in the decision making process.
 

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ETHICAL CHALLENGES
1
RATIONING HEALTH CARE
25
ETHICS COMMITTEES
63
INFORMED DECISIONMAKING
81
EMBRYONIC AND FETAL EXPERIMENTATIONS
115
WRONGFUL LIFE OR WRONGFUL BIRTH
149
PROCREATIONAL RESTRAINTS
171
SURROGATION
197
FETAL ABUSE
235
OF CLONES AND CRYONS
259
THE RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY
285
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George P. Smith, II is Professor of Law at Catholic University Law School.

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