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Nursing Ethics by Nisha Clement

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Chapter 3

Bioethical Issues

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Definition and history of bioethics
  2. Need, purpose and scope of bioethics
  3. Principles of bioethics
  4. Bioethical issues in medical practice
3.1 INTRODUCTION

Medical technology has mushroomed, providing an ever-increasing array of diagnostic and interventional modalities that can diagnose and treat illnesses that were believed to be lethal only a few years ago. Bioethics represents a particular branch of ethics within the field of health care. Bioethics narrows ethical enquiry of moral thought of those who work as professionals in clinical practice, basic research, or any professional education institutions. It affects all the health professionals who seek knowledge to improve their skills; at times, ...

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