Medical Ethics and Communism in the Soviet Union
Lichterman, Boleslav L.
In: Baker, Robert B.; McCullough, Laurence B., eds. The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009: 609-616
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Lichterman, Boleslav L. (2005-09)Russian medical ethics bears a heavy mark of seven decades of the communist regime. In 1918 the Health Care Commissariat (ministry) was formed. It was headed by Nikolai Semashko (1874-1949) who claimed that "the ethics of ...
Lichterman, Boleslav L. (2005-09)The paper provides a short overview of key problems of medical ethics in the Russian and Soviet contexts--confidentiality, informed consent, human experimentation, abortion, euthanasia, organ and tissue transplantation, ...