Biomedicine and Technocratic Power
Finkelstein, Joanne L.
Hastings Center Report. 1990 Jul/Aug; 20(4): 13-16.
Biomedicine's technological achievements also provide for the expansion of medicine's role as an agent of social regulation. We are becoming increasingly accepting of an ethic of human accounting; that is, of accepting prescriptive standards about how people ought to behave and appear...In consequence, as everyday life becomes more closely calibrated by technically defined standards, we may become less tolerant of those who deviate from the norm or who violate standards.
Biomedical Research; Biomedical Technologies; Dehumanization; Diagnosis; Discrimination; Economics; Genetic Disorders; Genetic Screening; Life; Medicine; Normality; Physicians; Prenatal Diagnosis; Power; Regulation; Reproductive Technologies; Research; Social Discrimination; Social Dominance; Social Impact; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Standards; Technical Expertise; Values;
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