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Observing Bioethics$
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Renee C. Fox and Judith P. Swazey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365559.001.0001

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The Coming of Bioethics

The Coming of Bioethics

(p.21) 1 The Coming of Bioethics
Observing Bioethics

Renée C. Fox

Judith P. Swazey

Oxford University Press

Much like other fields of study, the origins of bioethics can be hard to trace, analyze, and interpret. This chapter presents the beginnings of bioethics in the United States, which includes an account of an explosive moment of creation much like the Big Bang Theory as a result of advances in the field of biomedicine, of specific issues, and of significant events. Another perspective on the gradual emergence of bioethics in relation to social, cultural, medical, and political occurrences is also provided.

Keywords:   bioethics, United States, biomedicine

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