Bioethics: Using Its Historical and Social Context

  title={Bioethics: Using Its Historical and Social Context},
  author={Gary S. Belkin and Allan M. Brandt},
  journal={International Anesthesiology Clinics},
On the one hand, bioethics seems an integral part of the landscape of medical practice. Ethics committees, clinical ethics journals, policies based on specific theories of informed consent and patient decision making are ubiquitous. However, on the other hand, questions arise, both within the bioethics literature and along corridors of hospitals and clinics, as to just how well bioethical theorizing reflects and meets the realities of clinical dilemmas and where it gets its authoritative voice… 

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