Normal Functioning and the Treatment-Enhancement Distinction

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 9 (3):309--322 (2000)
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The treatment-enhancement distinction draws a line between services or interventions meant to prevent or cure conditions that we view as diseases or disabilities and interventions that improve a condition that we view as a normal function or feature of members of our species. The line drawn here is widely appealed to in medical practice and medical insurance contexts, as well as in our everyday thinking about the medical services we do and should assist people in obtaining



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