Ethics Of Biological And Medical Research Essay
Bioethics is defined as the ethics of biological and medical research. The foundation of bioethics is based on autonomy: A person’s right to choose what happens to them, when it happens, and in what way.
Kass offers that the two leading reasons being put forth to justify medically assisted death are patient autonomy and compassion or benevolence. With regard to autonomy, he paints the physician who agrees to grant the wish of a patient to die as a hired hand, someone who mindlessly fulfills the patients every demand simply because the patient has a right to autonomy.
In the technical sense of the word, patients are the customers of doctors ie. patients pay a doctor for his/her service. In the traditional sense, however, the word customer is not accurate, for it implies a one-sided relationship. I as the customer tell you what I want, and you as the provider…