Medical Use of Human Beings: Respect as a Basis for Critique of Discourse, Law and Practice

1st Edition

Austen Garwood-Gowers

August 28, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780754679646 - CAT# Y238516
Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library


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Medical use of the human being can be described as the phenomenon of employing medical means to make use of humans individually and as a species. This is occurring on a vast scale across a diverse range of fields. Much of the time it is also very controversial. However, scholarly discourse has only tackled it in a fragmented way rather than as a whole. This book adroitly fills the gap. It argues that as a matter of ethics and human rights such use should only be permitted where compatible with respect for human worth. Having benchmarked what this means, it demonstrates through the use of case studies how the discourse, practice, governance and even law related to use has tended to fall short. As well as often being unproductive, counterproductive or even destructive in the ends that it pursues it has often pursued them in a manner that falls foul of imperative norms. Overall it presents a picture of a phenomenon that has far exceeded its acceptable limits and needs drastically reigning in.

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