Show Less

The Peril and Promise of Medical Technology

Series:

D. Gareth Jones

Medical technology is one of the most powerful forces in the modern world, with enormous opportunities for good. For many in affluent countries, the expectations of what constitutes the good life have been transformed, as neonatal mortality rates have declined, life expectancy has increased, and one disease after another has been defeated. However, it is not an unalloyed blessing, as social patterns have been transformed, family structures have been challenged, and ordinary people as well as health professionals and scientists confront novel ethical dilemmas.
Gareth Jones writes not only as a scientist and bioethicist but also as a Christian. His aim is to make sense of some of the myriad issues encountered in a world dominated by medical technology. These include manipulation at the earliest stages of embryonic human life, through to ageing and attempts at bringing about physical immortality. The perceived power of genes is critically examined, as are claims that morality can be enhanced using technology. The centrality of the brain for making us what we are is sympathetically examined, against the backdrop of the ongoing debate on dualism and physicalism. Acknowledging our ever-increasing dependence upon medical technology, the author explores ways in which we can live in hope rather than fear.

Prices

Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Bibliography

Extract

‘The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – Press Release’, Nobelprize.org (4 October 2010) accessed 26 June 2013. Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, ‘Use of Gametes and Embryos in Human Reproductive Research: Summary of Submissions’, Ministry of Health (September 2007) accessed 17 June 2013. Agar, Nicholas, ‘Whereto Transhumanism? The Literature Reaches a Critical Mass’, Hastings Center Report 37/3 (2007), 12–17. ——, ‘Why Is It Possible to Enhance Moral Status and Why Doing So Is Wrong?’, Journal of Medical Ethics 39/2 (2013), 67–74. Andersen, R, ‘Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past)’, The Atlantic (6 February 2012) accessed 23 June 2013. Anderson, Hamish, ‘Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: From Clinic to Eugenic Fears and Disability Concerns’, (Thesis, Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours, University of Otago, 2012) accessed 17 June 2013. Arlidge, John, ‘Scientists “Able to Create Human Clone”’, The Guardian (26 February 1997), 6. Azari, Nina P, ‘Neuroimaging Studies of Religious Experience: A Critical Review’, in Patrick McNamara, ed., Where God and Science Meet: How Brain and Evolutionary Studies Alter Our Understanding of Religion (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2006), 33–54. Balen, Adam H., and Anthony J. Rutherford, ‘Managing Anovulatory Infertility and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome’, BMJ 335/7621 (2007), 608–11. Banwell, B. O., The Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1980). Barns, Ian, ‘Debating the Theological Implications of New Technologies’, Theology and Science 3/2 (2005), 179–96. Bartke, A., J. C. Wright, J. A. Mattison, D. K. Ingram, R. A. Miller, and G. S....

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.