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Before Bioethics: A History of American Medical Ethics from the Colonial Period to the Bioethics Revolution

Robert Baker

Abstract

This book narrates the history of American medical ethics from its colonial origins to current bioethical controversies over abortion, AIDS, animal rights, and physician-assisted suicide. The book tracks the evolution of American medical ethics from colonial midwives and physicians' oaths, to medical society codes and bioethical principles. Applying the concept of “morally disruptive technologies,” it analyzes the impact of the stethoscope on conceptions of fetal life and the criminalization of abortion, and the impact of the ventilator on our conception of death and the treatment of the dying ... More

Keywords: American medical ethics, abortion, AIDS, animal rights, physician-assisted suicide, morally disruptive technologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199774111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774111.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Baker, author
Union College