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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal
SJR: 0.123

ISSN Imprimir: 2151-805X
ISSN En Línea: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2013006997
pages 139-161

Sources and Resolutions of Ethical Conflicts in Health Care

Larry L. Hench
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA 32615
Michael B. Fenn
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Center for Applied Optimization, Particle Engineering Research Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

SINOPSIS

In this article, we examine the hypothesis that "ethical dilemmas arise from a conflict of uncertainties," and we discuss the uncertainties in five important areas of health care: medical implants, care of the terminally ill, stem cell technology, tissue engineering, and personalized versus statistically based diagnosis and therapy. These examples are used to justify application of new minimally invasive technology that can produce patient-specific cell-based data to minimize conflicts regarding quality versus length of life and especially the end of life−a major ethical issue of our times.