Biopiracy and the Ethics of Medical Heritage: The Case of India's Traditional Knowledge Digital Library' [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Humanities 33 (3):175-183 (2012)
Medical humanities have a unique role to play in combating biopiracy. This argument is offered both as a response to contemporary concerns about the ‘value’ and ‘impact’ of the arts and humanities and as a contribution to ongoing legal, political, and ethical debates regarding the status and protection of medical heritage. Medical humanities can contribute to the documentation and safeguarding of a nation or people’s medical heritage, understood as a form of intangible cultural heritage. In so doing it can fulfill a unique service in protecting indigenous cultural heritage which potentially makes it of enormous economic benefit to national governments. I use the Indian Traditional Knowledge Digital Library as a case study of the value of medical humanities in challenging biopiracy. If my argument holds, then the value of medical humanities to current intellectual property debates can be demonstrated, and its pertinence to legal and economic interests made clear. However, there are some dangers in this strategy, and my paper closes with a discussion of them.
|Keywords||Cultural Heritage Applied Ethics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Kelly Bannister, Maui Solomon & Conrad G. Brunk (2009). Appropriation of Traditional Knowledge: Ethics in the Context of Ethnobiology. In James O. Young & Conrad Brunk (eds.), The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation. Wiley. 140--172.
P. Barker (2000). Working with the Metaphor of Life and Death. Medical Humanities 26 (2):97-102.
Havi Carel (2007). Can I Be Ill and Happy? Philosophia 35 (2):95-110.
R. S. Downie (2003). Medical Humanities: A Vision and Some Cautionary Notes. Medical Humanities 29 (1):37-38.
A. Edgar & S. Pattison (2006). Need Humanities Be so Useless? Justifying the Place and Role of Humanities as a Critical Resource for Performance and Practice. Medical Humanities 32 (2):92-98.
Citations of this work BETA
Ian James Kidd (2013). A Pluralist Challenge to 'Integrative Medicine': Feyerabend and Popper on the Cognitive Value of Alternative Medicine. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44 (3):392–400.
Similar books and articles
R. F. J. Seddon (2011). The Ethical Patiency of Cultural Heritage. Dissertation, Durham University
Stefan Gruber, Protecting China's Cultural Heritage Sites in Times of Rapid Change: Current Developments, Practice and Law.
Manuel Toscano (2011). What Kind of Values Do Languages Have? Means of Communication and Cultural Heritage. Redescriptions. Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 15:171-184.
Baruch A. Brody (2010). Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 20 (3):231-249.
Nathalie Heinich (2011). The Making of Cultural Heritage. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 22 (40-41).
M. Matsumoto (2001). Words of Tohkaku Wada: Medical Heritage in Japan. Journal of Medical Ethics 27 (1):55-58.
Bradley E. Lewis (1998). Reading Cultural Studies of Medicine. Journal of Medical Humanities 19 (1):9-24.
Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, Cultural Rights: The Possible Impact of Private Military and Security Companies.
Eeva-Kristiina Harlin (2008). Repatriation as Knowledge Sharing : Returning the Sami Cultural Heritage. In Mille Gabriel & Jens Dahl (eds.), Utimut: Past Heritage - Future Partnerships, Discussions on Repatriation in the 21st Century /Mille Gabriel & Jens Dahl, Editors. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs and Greenland National Museum & Archives.
Donnie J. Self (1993). The Educational Philosophies Behind the Medical Humanities Programs in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Three Different Approaches to Humanistic Medical Education. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 14 (3).
Moira G. Simpson (2008). Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation : A Stimulus for Cultural Renewal. In Mille Gabriel & Jens Dahl (eds.), Utimut: Past Heritage - Future Partnerships, Discussions on Repatriation in the 21st Century /Mille Gabriel & Jens Dahl, Editors. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs and Greenland National Museum & Archives.
Added to index2012-04-17
Total downloads5 ( #216,860 of 1,096,600 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #68,895 of 1,096,600 )
How can I increase my downloads?