Bioethics, Raw and Cooked: Extraordinary Conflict and Everyday Practice
Bosk, Charles L
Journal of health and social behavior 2010; 51 Suppl: S133-46
This article explains the emergence, growth, and institutional anchoring of bioethics in both policy and clinical arenas. Under the heading of principlism, bioethics developed a public language for resolving disputes that allowed it to transform disputes involving sacred matters into profane work routines. At the same time, having principlism as a common language for solving practical disputes allowed "ethics work" in health care to be separated from moral theorizing as a practical activity. Two issues--the right to die and the protection of research subjects--serve to illustrate the process through which bioethics established a large institutional footprint in health care.
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