Medical Ethics Argumentative Essay by ABCs

Medical Ethics
This paper presents a philosophical approach to major medical issues.
# 113442 | 2,079 words | 11 sources | APA | 2009 | US


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Description:

The paper explores the contentious issues of abortion, euthanasia, suicide and stem cell research. The paper explains the sanctity of life argument that believes that the inherent sanctity of human life derives directly from God and absolutely prohibits the scientific exploitation of human tissues. On the other hand, the paper explores the argument that the definition of human life must be appropriately left to scientists and not to religious authorities. The paper offers the personal belief that the lives and welfare of living, breathing, conscious human beings outweighs any supposed rights or sanctity inherent in undifferentiated bits of human tissue.

Outline:
Modern Ethical Controversies in Medicine
The Concept of Sanctity of Human Life
The Right to Life and Pro-Choice Arguments
Stem Cell Research
Euthanasia and Suicide
Constitutional Issues and Separation of Church and State:
Developing an Objective Approaches to Medical Ethics Issues

From the Paper:

"In little more than a single century, the science and practice of medicine evolved from barely appreciating the concept of antisepsis in the era of Florence Nightingale after the American Civil War in middle of the 19th century to organ transplantation and other sophisticated surgical applications and DNA sciences by the end of the 20th century (Starr 1982). However, advances in medical science and technology have also inspired social controversy over the moral and ethical components of certain medical procedures.
"Abortion remains one of the most hotly-contested issues, along with euthanasia, and suicide. In the last decade, stem cell research has emerged as a principal focus of clashes of diametrically opposed ethical views. On one side of that argument, the inherent sanctity of human life derives directly from God and absolutely prohibits the scientific exploitation of human tissues, particularly when procured from potentially viable sources such as fertilized zygotes. On the other hand, the argument is that the definition of human life must be appropriately left to scientists and not to religious authorities (Dershowitz 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dershowitz, Alan, M. (2002) Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. New York: Little Brown & Co.
  • Friedman, Laurence, M. (2005) A History of American Law. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Healy, B. On Health: The Other Stem Cells; U.S. News & World Report (Jun. 14/04), p. 77.
  • Kinsley, M. Commentary: Why Science Can't Save the GOP; Time Magazine (Dec. 10/07), p. 36.
  • Levine, C. (2008). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues. 12th Ed. Dubuque Iowa: McGraw Hill.

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

APA Format

Medical Ethics (2009, April 01) Retrieved October 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/argumentative-essay/medical-ethics-113442/

MLA Format

"Medical Ethics" 01 April 2009. Web. 20 October. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/argumentative-essay/medical-ethics-113442/>

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