Use and Abuse of Bioethics: Integrity and Professional Standing
Loewy, Erich H.
Loewy, Roberta Springer
Health Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and Policy 2005 March; 13(1): 73-86
This paper sets out to examine the integrity and professional standing of "Bioethics." It argues that professions have certain responsibilities that start with setting criteria for and credentialing those that have met the criteria and goes on to ultimately have social responsibilities to the community. As it now stands we claim that Bioethics--while it certainly has achieved some progress in the way medicine has developed--has failed to become a profession and has to a large extent failed in its social responsibility. We feel that Bioethics has to define itself, set criteria for membership in the profession, police itself and--above all--meet its social responsibility to become a profession meriting that name.