Central Tenets of Bioethics

As we address topics in health and medicine in this blog, it is important to keep in mind the central tenets of bioethics.  Even if these tenets are not explicitly stated in a blog post, they are ways to consider “what is ethical” in a given scenario.

“Nothing that you do in science is guaranteed to result in benefits for [hu]mankind. Any discovery, I believe, is morally neutral and it can be turned either to constructive or destructive ends”.

Arthur Galson, Ph.D. (Biologist/Plant Physiologist/Bioethicist)

As Dr. Galston’s quote demonstrates, scientific discoveries can have many implications.  It is important to consider how knowledge and technology are being applied.

… This is where ethical principles come in:

Below you will see the central principles of bioethics that can be useful when engaging with content of this blog.

◦Autonomy is the principle that states people should be able to make informed decisions about what happens to them without coercion.

◦Beneficence involves doing or producing good for the person(s) involved.

◦Non-maleficence means not harming the person(s) involved, even through acts of omission.

◦Justice warrants an obligation to provide person(s) with what they are owed. In public life, we are obliged to treat people fairly and unbiasedly.

◦Fidelity refers to keeping a commitment and requires loyalty, fairness, truthfulness, and dedication to others.



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