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Ethics and the Law in Medicine – in Research and Healthcare

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Edited By Joanna Długosz, Jan C. Joerden, Elżbieta Paszyńska and Florian Steger

This volume contains contributions from the international and interdisciplinary scientific conference "Ethics and the Law in Medicine – in Research and Healthcare", which took place at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. The contributions to these proceedings encompass a broad spectrum of current medico-ethical questions that arise in particular disciplines. Compared to monographic works, interdisciplinary anthologies have the advantage of bringing together scientists from different disciplines into conversation on controversial issues from different scientific perspectives. The aim is an interdisciplinary discussion on challenging questions in medicine – conducted from different viewpoints. The volume's contributions also highlight differences in the analysis and assessment of medico-ethical dilemmas due to socio-cultural differences.
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Doctors are often accompanied by lawyers in difficult questions arising in the context of medical research and clinical care. These questions can become quite complex if they also address, in addition to medical and legal issues, social or medico-ethical aspects. Ethics of medicine, as an independent science, focuses on normative issues within medicine. In doing so, it keeps its focus on medicine as a practical science and on the respective legal framework. Human dignity as a universal category and the four middle-range principles of Beauchamp and Childress – autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and social justice – provide clear points of reference. Globalization, increasing pluralism of societal values, and progressing developments in medical science lead to a number of challenges that require normative accompaniment through ethics and law. Among others, central topics that emerge in this area are: the safety of experimental treatment methods, the application of the state-of-the-art technologies, and data security. Legal responsibility resulting from use of innovative techniques is a particular challenge.

This volume contains contributions from the international and interdisciplinary scientific conference “Ethics and the Law in Medicine – in Research and Healthcare”, which took place on June 27 and 28, 2018 at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. The organizers also include Professor Jan C. Joerden, representing the Interdisciplinary Center for Ethics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and Professor Florian Steger with the Institute of the History, Philosophy and...

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