Bioethics in America: Origins and Cultural Politics

Bioethics in America: Origins and Cultural Politics

by M. L. Tina Stevens

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801876974
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

M. L. Tina Stevens teaches in the history department at San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents

The Tradition of AmbivalenceChapter One
The Culture of Post-atomic AmbivalenceChapter Two
"Leaders of Leaders": The Hastings Center, 1969 to the PresentChapter Three
Redefining Death in America, 1968Chapter Four
"Sleeping Beauty": Karen Ann Quinlan and the Rise of Bioethics in AmericaEpilogue
Conclusion and Outlook

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