American Bioethics: Crossing Human Rights and Health Law Boundaries

Paperback | April 15, 2009

byGeorge Annas

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Bioethics was "born in the USA" and the values American bioethics embrace are based on American law, including liberty and justice. This book crosses the borders between bioethics and law, but moves beyond the domestic law/bioethics struggles for dominance by exploring attempts to articulateuniversal principles based on international human rights. The isolationism of bioethics in the US is not tenable in the wake of scientific triumphs like decoding the human genome, and civilizational tragedies like international terrorism. Annas argues that by crossing boundaries which haveartificially separated bioethics and health law from the international human rights movement, American bioethics can be reborn as a global force for good, instead of serving mainly the purposes of U.S. academics. This thesis is explored in a variety of international contexts such as terrorism andgenetic engineering, and in U.S. domestic disputes such as patient rights and market medicine. The citizens of the world have created two universal codes: science has sequenced the human genome and the United Nations has produced the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The challenge for Americanbioethics is to combine these two great codes in imaginative and constructive ways to make the world a better, and healthier, place to live.

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Bioethics was "born in the USA" and the values American bioethics embrace are based on American law, including liberty and justice. This book crosses the borders between bioethics and law, but moves beyond the domestic law/bioethics struggles for dominance by exploring attempts to articulateuniversal principles based on international h...

George Annas is Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair, Health Law Department at the Boston University School of Public Health.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195390296

ISBN - 13:9780195390292

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IntroductionPart I: Bioethics and Human Rights1. Bioethics and Bioterrorism2. Human Rights and Health3. The Man on the Moon4. The Endangered Human5. The Right to Health6. Capital PunishmentPart II: Bioethics and Health Law7. Conjoined Twins8. Patient Rights9. White Coat Police10. Partial Birth Abortion11. The Shadowlands12. Waste and LongingConcluding Remarks: Bioethics, Health Law, and Human Rights Boundary CrossingsAppendix A: Universal Declaration of Human RightsAppendix B: International Covenant on Civil and Political RightsAppendix C: International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural RightsAppendix D: The Nuremberg CodeNotesIndex