Ownership of the Human Body: Philosophical Considerations on the Use of the Human Body and its Parts in Healthcare

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H.A. Ten Have, Jozef Welie
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 1998 - Medical - 240 pages
This is the first book in healthcare ethics addressing the moral issues regarding ownership of the human body. Modern medicine increasingly transforms the body and makes use of body parts for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive purposes. The book analyzes the concept of body ownership. It also reviews the ownership issues arising in clinical care (for example, donation policies, autopsy) and biomedical research. Societies and legal systems also have to deal with issues of body ownership. A comparison is made between specific legal arrangements in The Netherlands and France, as examples of legal approaches. In the final section of the book, different theoretical perspectives on the human body are analyzed: libertarian, personalist, deontological and utilitarian theories of body ownership.
 

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Contents

Medicine Ownership and the Human Body
1
Autopsy
19
A Review of German Law
27
Why Should Remunerated Blood Donation be Unethical? Ethical Reflections on Current Blood Donation Policies and Their Philosophical Origins
39
Biomedical Research with Human Body Parts
49
Some Historical Remarks
67
The Stick the Eye and Ownership of the Body
81
The Dutch Context
99
Libertarianism and Ownership of the Human Body
143
A Personalist Perspective
159
The Danish Context A Democratic Ethics or Recourse to Abstract Right?
173
Deontological Approaches
187
The Utility of the Body
207
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
227
INDEX
229
Copyright

Judicial and Legislative Responses in France
115

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