Medical Ethics And Ethical Ethics

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Medical ethics, and the adherence to ethical procedures, is of the utmost importance when working in the field of biological sciences. A scientist, especially those working with animal and human populations, must follow a strict ethical code, which, condensed, amounts to “do no harm” - but in effect is significantly more complex and nuanced due to the ever changing and evolving state of medical ethics and recent developments in pharmaceutical and genetic methods of treatment. Many novel treatments may cast into doubt what is considered ethical and unethical – new developments in stem cell therapy, genetic engineering, transplant surgery, and pharmaceutical testing all have their own moral “grey areas” in terms of what is considered unethical. Is the line blurred between ethical and unethical practice, and therefore practice and malpractice, when to do harm unto one could potentially save thousands, if not millions? The earliest guidelines for modern scientific experimentation, trials and research with human participants and subjects were drawn up after the atrocities committed by scientists experimenting upon concentration camp inmates during the Second World War, and the offending doctors were brought to trial. These guidelines, called the Nuremberg Code, outline the essential rights that any participant in a research study must have, and demanding that only research with a meaningful outcome can be carried out which involves human participants. These guidelines can also
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