Paediatric palliative care doctor, Richard Hain, presents a sensitive account of the ethical issues surrounding the provision of intensive care to premature newborns. ‘Are there children for whom intensive care and resuscitation are not appropriate?
How can there be a 'Catholic' bioethics? Bioethics is an uneasy marriage of sciences and humanities, combining biology, medicine, law, philosophy and sociology, and, from the first, theology, no longer the universally acknowledged queen of the sciences but still a persistent and perceptive voice.
The document does not shy away from those difficult but unavoidable ethical questions that are bound to come up in some form or other in every individual patient case, when the finiteness of material organic life and the in many ways praiseworthy technological achievements of modern science and medicine collide.
Dr Murdo Macdonald considers the ethical and theological questions raised by the development of ‘artificial life’: are scientists really ‘playing God’?
What does the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill actually propose? Agneta Sutton examines some of the most contentious measures and the ethical issues they raise.
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