The Role of Law in the Development of American Bioethics
International Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 20, 2009
13 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 1, 2010
There are many different bioethics, including “the systematic study of the moral dimensions – including moral vision, decisions, conduct, and policies – of the life sciences and health care, employing a variety of ethical methodlogies in an interdisciplinary setting.” There are also differing opinions of when bioethics was “born” or “developed” in the United States. The earliest date for which an argument could be made is 1847, the year of the American Medical Association (AMA) published the first edition of its Code of Medical Ethics. Based on the work of English physician Thomas Percival, the AMA code was instrumental in transforming a loose, unstructured, and largely unregulated craft into a learned profession based on scientific principles and devoted to the service of patients and society.
Keywords: bioethics, research on human subjects, end-of-life decision making, health law
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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