The Role of Law in the Development of American Bioethics

International Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 20, 2009

13 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2010

See all articles by Mark A. Rothstein

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., The Role of Law in the Development of American Bioethics (June 1, 2010). International Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 20, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1630545

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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