Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 20 (5):461-475 (1999)
During the last decade neurotransplantation has developed into a technique with the possible potential to repair damaged or degenerating human brain. Effective neurotransplantation has so far been based on the use of fetal brain tissue derived from aborted embryos or fetuses. The ethical issues related to this new therapeutic approach therefore not only concern the possible adverse side effects for a neural graft-receiving patient, but also the relationship between the requirements for fetal tissue and the decision-making process for induced abortion. Although for decades human embryos and fetuses have been the subject of biomedical studies, and, in principle, their use has therefore not been seen as ethically objectionable, the above points made it necessary to reconsider the moral issues. The present paper points out several of these issues, both from the donor and acceptor (patient) point of view. The conclusion is that under a series of restrictions intended to prevent the use of grafts from encouraging induced abortions and to maintain high standards of respect for life and human dignity, neurotransplantation using embryonic or fetal brain tissue parts cannot be rejected on moral grounds.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy Ethics Philosophy of Medicine General Surgery History of Medicine|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Developments in Stem Cell Research and Therapeutic Cloning: Islamic Ethical Positions, a Review.Hossam E. Fadel - 2012 - Bioethics 26 (3):128-135.
Ethical Issues in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.Philip J. Nickel - 2008 - In Kristen Renwick Monroe, Ronald B. Miller & Jerome Tobis (eds.), Fundamentals of the Stem Cell Debate: The Scientific, Religious, Ethical & Political Issues. University of California Press.
Stem Cell Research in a Catholic Institution: Yes or No?Michael R. Prieur, Joan Atkinson, Laurie Hardingham, David Hill, Gillian Kernaghan, Debra Miller, Sandy Morton, Mary Rowell, John F. Vallely & Suzanne Wilson - 2006 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 16 (1):73-98.
The Race Toward 'Ethically Universally Acceptable' Human Pluripotent (Embryonic-Like) Stem Cells: Only a Problem of Sources?Demetrio Neri - 2011 - Bioethics 25 (5):260-266.
Developing Human-Nonhuman Chimeras in Human Stem Cell Research: Ethical Issues and Boundaries.Phillip Karpowicz, Cynthia B. Cohen & Derek J. Van der Kooy - 2005 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (2):107-134.
At the Edge of Humanity.Robert Streiffer - 2007 - Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (Supplement):63-83.
At the Edge of Humanity: Human Stem Cells, Chimeras, and Moral Status.Robert Streiffer - 2005 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (4):347-370.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads47 ( #110,716 of 2,168,160 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #346,757 of 2,168,160 )
How can I increase my downloads?