What Price Better Health?: Hazards of the Research Imperative / Edition 1

What Price Better Health?: Hazards of the Research Imperative / Edition 1

by Daniel Callahan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520246640

ISBN-13: 9780520246645

Pub. Date: 01/05/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Medical research, with its ability to attract money and political support and its promise of cures for a wide range of ills, has its good and bad sides - and they are often indistinguishable from one another. In What Price Better Health? Callahan teases out the distinctions and differences, revealing the difficulties that result when the research imperative is…  See more details below

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Medical research, with its ability to attract money and political support and its promise of cures for a wide range of ills, has its good and bad sides - and they are often indistinguishable from one another. In What Price Better Health? Callahan teases out the distinctions and differences, revealing the difficulties that result when the research imperative is suffused with excessive zeal, adulterated by the profit motive, or used to justify cutting moral corners. Within the context of the National Institutes of Health's annual budget, the inflated claims of health care cost savings as a fruit of research, the high prices charged by drug companies, the use and misuse of human subjects for medical testing, an the controversies surrounding human cloning and stem cell research. Callahan clarifies the fine line between doing good and doing harm in the name of medical progress. His work shows how medical research must be understood in light of other social and economic needs, and how even the research imperative, dedicated to the highest human good, has its limits.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520246645
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/05/2006
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Imperative?1
1The Emergence and Growth of the Research Imperative11
2Protecting the Integrity of Science36
3Is Research a Moral Obligation?57
4Curing the Sick, Helping the Suffering, Enhancing the Well85
5Assessing Risks and Benefits114
6Using Humans for Research133
7Pluralism, Balance, and Controversy165
8Doing Good and Doing Well201
9Advocacy and Priorities for Research235
10Research and the Public Interest259
Notes277
Index309

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