Blue-Ribbon Commissions and Political Ethics in the Federal Republic of Germany
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1989 Aug; 14(4): 465-472.
The paper presents an overview of political and professional committees in the Federal Republic of Germany dealing with issues of biomedical ethics. The prevailing tendencies of paternalistic attitudes, the worst-case scenario argumentation method, and the unfortunate practice of applying general principles rather than mid-level principles in the assessment of concrete challenges in treatment and regulation are analyzed.
Advisory Committees; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Biomedical Technologies; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Criminal Law; Diagnosis; DNA; Embryos; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Gene Therapy; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Industry; Law; Legislation; Newborns; Organizations; Paternalism; Physicians; Prenatal Diagnosis; Professional Organizations; Recombinant DNA Research; Regulation; Reproductive Technologies; Research; Research Ethics; Review; Self Regulation;
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