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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: May 2012

PART I - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF MEDICAL ETHICS

Summary
This chapter aims to construct a history of medical ethics whose structure would eschew essentialism, presentism, traditionalism, and Eurocentrism and that would, as much as current scholarship will permit, be responsive to the subordinate as well as the dominant voices with cultures. The standard history of medical ethics would thereafter emphasize oaths, codes, rules, principles, and other formalizations of medical self-regulation, underlining that they were founded on ancient traditions that are continuous and influential to the present day. To appreciate the influence of the traditionalist archetype on our understanding of the history of medical ethics, one should compare the construction of histories of science with the construction of histories of medical ethics. Ethics in medicine focuses on primary sources and constructs its history around such enduring issues as abortion, euthanasia, triage, eugenics and the cost-effectiveness of medical procedures.
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The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics
  • Online ISBN: 9781139195812
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521888790
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