Worst Case Bioethics

Worst Case Bioethics

Death, Disaster, and Public Health

Book - 2010
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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. Doomsday or worst-case scenarios are often at the heart of these biopolitical decisions. A central featureof 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. Discovering a new flu strain, for example, leads immediately tovisions of the 1918 flu pandemic, the worst in human history. Likewise, a "ticking time bomb" scenario leads to the use of physicians for torture, and he all purpose worst case charge of "socialism" threatens to derail meaningful healthcare reform.In Worst Case Bioethics George Annas employs contemporary disputes involving death and disaster to explore the radical changes underway in public health practice, the application of constitutional law to medicine, and human rights discourse to promote human health and wellbeing. Worst-casescenarios, especially worst-case bioethics scenarios, distort debate, limit options, rationalize human rights abuses, and undermine equality and social justice. 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.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.Written at the intersection of law, bioethics, public health, and human rights, Worse Case Bioethics will interest not only bioethicists but scholars in public health, public policy, and human rights law.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780195391732
019539173X
Branch Call Number: R724 .A67 2010
Characteristics: xxiv, 335 p. ; 25 cm

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