Body Parts

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Overview

In Body Parts, E. Richard Gold examines whether the body and materials derived from it - such as human organs and DNA - should be thought of as market commodities and subject to property law. Analyzing a series of court decisions concerning property rights, Gold explores whether the language and assumptions of property law can help society determine who has rights to human biological materials. Gold observes that the commercial opportunities unleashed by advances in biotechnology present a challenge to the ways that society has traditionally valued the human body and human health. In a balanced discussion of both commercial and individual perspectives, Gold asserts the need to understand human biological materials within the context of human values, rather than economic interests.
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Mary Warnock
There can be no doubt of the importance of the argument that Gold puts forward, and the urgent need for a solution. . . .his book so wonderfully clear-headed -- Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878406616
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Diversity of Values 1
2 Property Discourse and the Body 19
3 Property Discourse Evaluated 41
4 The Discourse of Discovery 64
5 Public Personae and Value 86
6 Hiding Behind Economic Values 107
7 Diverse Values in the Body and in Health 125
8 Translating Value 144
9 Unaccounted and Unaccountable Value 164
Notes 179
Index 219
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