Public Health and Human Rights: Of Bridges and Matrixes. If modern medicine is to enhance human life, a reconceptualization of law as the beginning of ethical discourse, rather than as an instrument to end it, is essential. But worst-case sce Bioethics, still in its infancy, is routinely called on by the government to provide political cover for controversial public health decisions involving the life and death of Americans. Worst Case Bioethics Death, Disaster, and Public Health George J. The fifth part focuses on the legal and ethical frontiers in genetics, especially procreative liberty, patent issues, and regulatory mechanisms. This timely work brings together a group of the nation's leading experts in genetics, medicine, history of science, health, law, philosophy of science, and medical ethics to assess the current state of modern human genetics, and to begin to chart the legal and ethical guidelines needed to prevent the misuse of human genetics from leading to the abuse of human beings.
The book sheds light on keenly debated issues of both science and jurisprudence, including the ethics of human experimentation; the doctrine of informed consent; and the Code's impact on today's international human rights agenda. J R Army Med Corps. I recommend it highly to all who are interested in bioethics, public health policy, or national security policy. For example, the author delivers his catch-all chapter on cancer in under ten pages, whereas the Terri Schiavo case in the context of the right to refuse treatment alone p. He is also a Professor at the School of Law and School of Medicine. As such, Annas has undoubtedly achieved his overarching aim with the book, giving a convincing account of how such varied topics have been affected by worst-case thinking and panic. A central feature of science fiction, these scenarios can impart useful insights.
But worst-case scenarios, like Frankenstein's monster, can also be unpredictably destructive, undermining both preparedness and the very values, bioethics seeks to promote. The editors conclude with a chapter on foreseeable future developments and a proposal for an international covenant on human experimentation enforced by an international court. Bioterror and Bioart ; 3. It is, nonetheless, possible to temper worst-case scenarios in ways that promote both the development of a meaningful American bioethics, and a life and liberty affirming global health and human rights movement. The historical setting of the Code's creation, some modern parallels, and the current attitude of German physicians toward the crimes of the Nazi era are discussed in early chapters.
Without a suggested framework within which worst case policymaking might proceed, the book is reduced somewhat to a mere list of examples. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from , a J. Book review: Yarmolinsky, Adam 13 May 1993. He wistfully discusses the diverging views on disconcerting topics such as death and disaster. Written at the intersection of law, bioethics, public health, and human rights, Worst Case Bioethics will interest not only bioethicists but scholars in public health, public policy, and human rights law, as well as members of the public who want to participate in these policy debates.
Annas explains that fear of death motivates us to plan for worst-case scenarios, which serves to warp emotions and ensuing policymaking. His forays into literary examples and occasional pop culture references Phillip Larkin and Jack Bauer making wry appearances do not cheapen the gravitas of the discussion, but instead genuinely add perspective. Abstract: In short, Worst Case Bioethics offers a valuable consideration of how public health policy is sometimes shaped by fear in a counterproductive manner. Lancet Most readers interested in these topics will find this a creative and insightful rubric for examining different aspects of U. It is, nonetheless, possible to temper worst-case scenarios in ways that promote both the development of a meaningful American bioethics, and a life and liberty affirming global health and human rights movement.
Book review: Burke, Nora August 2001. The E-mail message field is required. The sources and ramifications of this important document are thoroughly discussed in this book by a distinguished roster of contemporary professionals from the fields of history, philosophy, medicine, and law. The volume is an invaluable resource not only for patients and their families but also for physicians, hospital administrators, medical and nursing students, and other health care workers. The spread of topics, then, is particularly vast, as is the number of cases and examples which are entered into. In this manner, Worst Case Bioethics can act as a useful text to link seemingly disparate areas of policy, by providing an area of thematic similarity and consequently a basis from which to consider each topic.
American bioethics: crossing human rights and health law boundaries. Dr R MacDougall, Saint Louis University Read more. The illusion of choice perversely fosters complacency and prevents us from dealing with critical issues of life and death. Doomsday or worst-case scenarios are often at the heart of these biopolitical decisions. Annas has provided an opportunity to begin this debate anew by using domestic cases and topics to illustrate that human rights is central to securing our individual and population health. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Standard of Care explores the fundamental value conflicts confronting medicine and society by examining courtroom resolutions of real bioethical disputes, often of constitutional dimension.
Clifton, New Jersey: Humana Press. Doomsday or worst-case scenarios are often at the heart of these biopolitical decisions. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. War Death and the Constitution 7. While the parade of examples and subjects affected repeatedly lends him support, the reader fails to ascertain just why this situation came to pass. Written at the intersection of law, bioethics, public health, and human rights, Worst Case Bioethics will interest not only bioethicists but scholars in public health, public policy, and human rights law, as well as members of the public who want to participate in these policy debates.