The "Seven Tunnels" of Japanese Medical Ethics
Shinagawa, Shinryo N.
HEC (HealthCare Ethics Committee) Forum. 1993 Jan; 5(1): 39-43.
Japan is a mountainous country with numerous tunnels; the longest is the Seikan Tunnel (53.9 kilometers) running 240 meters below the water of the Tsugaru Strait, linking the main Japanese island of Honshu with Hokkaido. The tunnel resembles that of medical ethics in Japan: there are numerous long, dark tunnels in medico-ethical and medico-legal controversies, and in most of them there appears no light at the end. In some cases I think it will be impossible to reach the end of the tunnel and regain the light. I would like to discuss seven "tunnels" in medical ethics [abortion for fetal anomalies; contraception; artificial insemination using donar semen; definition of death; sex preselection; selective termination in a multiple pregnancy; euthanasia].
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