Innovation in Medical Technology: Ethical Issues and Challenges

Innovation in Medical Technology: Ethical Issues and Challenges

by Margaret L. Eaton, Donald Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801885264

ISBN-13: 9780801885266

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

This thought-provoking study examines the ethical, legal, and social problems that arise with cutting-edge medical technology. Using as examples four powerful and largely unregulated technologies—off-label use of drugs, innovative surgery, assisted reproduction, and neuroimaging—Margaret L. Eaton and Donald Kennedy illustrate the difficult

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This thought-provoking study examines the ethical, legal, and social problems that arise with cutting-edge medical technology. Using as examples four powerful and largely unregulated technologies—off-label use of drugs, innovative surgery, assisted reproduction, and neuroimaging—Margaret L. Eaton and Donald Kennedy illustrate the difficult challenges faced by clinicians, researchers, and policy makers who seek to advance the frontiers of medicine safely and responsibly.

Supported by medical history and case studies and drawing on reports from dozens of experts, the authors address important practical, ethical, and policy issues. They consider topics such as the responsible introduction of new medical products and services, the importance of patient consent, the extent of the duty to mitigate harm, and the responsibility to facilitate access to new medical therapies.

This work's insights into the nature and consequences of medical innovation contribute to the national debate on how best to protect patients while fostering innovation and securing benefits.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801885266
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,255,405
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: The Need to Ask Questions about Innovation     1
Distinguishing Innovative Medical Practice from Research     23
The Modern History of Human Research Ethics     37
Innovation in the Off-Label Use of Drugs     47
Innovative Surgery     57
Innovation in Assisted Reproduction     72
Innovation in Neuroimaging     84
Questions, Issues, and Recommendations Going Forward     94
Conclusion: Final Thoughts on the Landscape of Innovation     114
Directives for Human Experimentation: Nuremberg Code     119
World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki     121
Description of Department of Health and Human Services Regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects     127
Participants in Lasker Forum on Ethical Challenges in Biomedical Research and Practice     130
Notes     135
References     143
Index     151

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