Medical Ethics

Archive Report

Movement to Explore Bioethical Issues

An extraordinary movement is under way to put together the most conscientious thinking in the nation on the many moral and ethical issues raised by advances in the medical and biological sciences. The object is to develop a set of commonly accepted principles to guide those responsible for making life and death decisions—as some put it, to guide man in “playing God.” Problems in medical ethics are not new but in recent years they have taken on a character and dimension undreamed of in the past. Doctors have always had to weigh the benefits of certain medications against their hazards. But never before have the options signified such fateful consequences for the individual and for society.

Major new developments in the ...

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