Should scientists be prohibited from altering the DNA that we pass on to our children? Should we put human genes into pigs and transgenic pig organs into humans? Should we teach medical students how to carry out euthanasia? Should parents have the right to circumcise their male babies? Should we limit access to new reproductive technologies on the basis of age, sexual orientation or family status? Dr. Margaret Somerville takes a look at these and other challenging questions in The Ethical Canary and comes up with some even more challenging answers.
Includes index and bibliographical references: p. 303-320.
Tension - between efforts to make medical practice more scientific and the suspicions of many clinicians - has caused one of the greatest practical and ethical challenges in the history of the health professions. This book reviews the history and conceptual origins of evidence-based practice and discusses key ethical issues that arise in clinical practice, public health and health policy