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Healthy RespectEthics in Health Care$
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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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Embryos, Persons, and Other Human Beings

Embryos, Persons, and Other Human Beings

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(p.64) Chapter 5 EMBRYOS, PERSONS, AND OTHER HUMAN BEINGS
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0006

The question: ‘When does life begin?’ can be understood in a biological sense, but the important question is ‘When does life begin to matter morally?’ This question easily takes us to decisions about resuscitation, and human beings who are severely brain-damaged or mentally handicapped. The appropriate decision making in these difficult situations is discussed.

Keywords:   biological life, moral significance, resuscitation, mental handicap

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