This prospect seems to cause the greatest unease among bioethicists
and the general public, but it's not clear exactly why.
Even where lethal prescriptions or injections cannot be legally provided, some of our most notable bioethicists
urge that doctors be permitted to help the elderly and others commit suicide by self-starvation--a process known in euthanasia advocacy circles as VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking).
They argue that an ongoing dialogue among scientists and bioethicists
is sufficient to ensure the research is conducted in an ethically responsible manner.
argued in favor of loosening performance-enhancing drug restrictions on various grounds: sport itself is dangerous and is not banned; the whole concept of preventing adults from using drugs is paternalistic; and the perennial "everyone is already doing it" argument.
Jonsen, a moral theologian and bioethicist
, dates the origin of bioethics as a distinct discipline to 1947, the year that 23 physicians were convicted of war crimes during the Nuremberg tribunal.
Pragmatic bioethics, whose main proponents are Glenn McGee, a bioethicist
at the University of Pennsylvania, (3) and Franklin G.
are opposed to any efforts that seem to tamper with a fixed conception of human nature.
Freiden, commissioner, New York City Department of Health; Matthew Wynia, director of the Institute of Ethics of the American Medical Association; Kenyan bioethicist
Angela Wassuna, associate for International Affairs of the Hastings Center; and 19 other bioethicists
and health professionals.
4) That's the trouble with being a bioethicist
in an institution that doesn't allow free speech within its own ranks.
Sara Goldkind has joined the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Pediatric Therapeutics in the Office of the Commissioner.
No contemporary Catholic bioethicist
should be without this phenomenal collection.
Enter Miriam Cotler, bioethicist
and professor emeritus of health sciences at California State University, Northridge.