Ethics II: The History of Bioethics

Join Michael for a (brief) review of some key ethics principles and a (brief) look at the history of bioethics.

Here’s a definition of bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto:

“Ethics gives us a system of moral principles to guide the way we behave and treat others. Bioethics is the branch of ethics dealing with clinical healthcare and biological practice and research. It includes treating patents in an ethical manner, making ethical decisions in clinical research and supporting the ethics education of health care professionals and trainees. It also involves having an ethical foundation for health policy decisions, such as what treatments to fund, and operating health care institutions in an ethical manner.”

Two articles worth reading in preparation for the next episode: