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Title Bioethics in America : origins and cultural politics / M.L. Tina Stevens.
Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
©2000

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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 204 pages)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Hastings Center.
Hastings Center.
Hastings Center.
Medical ethics -- United States -- History.
Bioethics -- United States -- History.
Ethics, Medical -- United States -- History.
United States.
Genre Electronic books.
History.
Contents Prologue: The tradition of ambivalence -- The culture of post-atomic ambivalence -- "Leader of leaders" -- Redefining death in america -- "Sleeping beauty" -- Epilogue: Conclusion and outlook.
Summary In Bioethics in America, Tina Stevens challenges the view that the origins of the bioethics movement can be found in the 1960s, a decade mounting challenges to all variety of authority. Instead, Stevens sees bioethics as one more product of a "centuries-long cultural legacy of American ambivalence toward progress," and she finds its modern roots in the responsible science movement that emerged following detonation of the atomic bomb. Rather than challenging authority, she says, the bioethics movement was an aid to authority, in that it allowed medical doctors and researchers to proceed on course while bioethicists managed public fears about medicine's new technologies. That is, the public was reassured by bioethical oversight of biomedicine; in reality, however, bioethicists belonged to the same mainstream that produced the doctors and researchers whom the bioethicists were guiding.
Other Title Print version: Stevens, M.L. Tina. Bioethics in America. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2000 0801864259