Between Technology & Humanity
The Impact of Technology on Health Care Ethics

Edited By Chris Gastmans
December 2002
Leuven University Press
ISBN: 90-5867-251-4
258 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"
$68.50 Paper Original

In the last decade health care has witnessed a host of technological novelties in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic practices, as well as in the supportive information and communication technology and in various applications of genetics, microbiology and informatics. Starting with a philosophical ethical reflection about the possibilities and dangers of technologies in health care, this book highlights both the relation between technology and care, and the normative aspects of economic analyses in health care. Finally, a series of concrete examples from various clinical fields will help the authors to consider how to integrate these technologies in a care context aimed upon humaneness. Since each topic is analyzed by leading European clinicians and health care ethicists, this book clearly stands for the interdisciplinary approach in health care ethics. This book may be a rich source of material for reflection on the role, meaning and ends of technology and care, as harmonious aspects of clinical health care practice. However, the authors main concern in to show what such a reflection may consist of and how it can contribute to the inquiry into the experience of technology, the needs of humanity and the development of appropriate health care.

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