eCite Digital Repository

The History of Bioethics: implications for current debates in health research


McWhirter, RE, The History of Bioethics: implications for current debates in health research, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 55, (3) pp. 329-338. ISSN 0031-5982 (2012) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2012 The John Hopkins University Press

DOI: doi:10.1353/pbm.2012.0025


The assumption that developments in technologies and societies create new ethical issues for health and medical research is intuitively appealing. However, a closer inspection of the history of bioethics reveals a surprising consistency in the core issues that have formed the basis of bioethical debates over time. If the issues involved in bioethical debates remain essentially constant, are new discussions and new guidelines and principles - produced in the wake of research scandals or inspired by the introduction of new technologies - redundant? This article examines some of the implications of the history of bioethics for understanding current ethical debates and for the formation of a culture of ethical conduct in health research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bioethics, health research, history
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Bioethics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:McWhirter, RE (Dr Rebekah McWhirter)
ID Code:81343
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2012-11-30
Last Modified:2018-01-25
Downloads:2 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page