Callahan_section_2_4a - The Imperative of technology in...

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The Imperative of technology in healthcare Section 2.4 of HSC 4008 Spring 2008 Jeff Ludy
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What Callahan is about Fourth chapter… Society strives to provide positive outlets to our desires - one outlet is the knowledge that “good health” is possible if we can harness science to provide it for us. Beyond just striving for good health we are now being told that enhancement (through science) is possible too – what
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Callahan’s problem In the 21 st century good health is not a luxury – it is an understandable human desire. But how do we partition a societal need from the economic ability of some who have the resources to take science a step further? This is a significant ethical concern when wealth is involved because science tends to move toward the cash – and especially so in a free enterprise economy.
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Callahan’s three questions Three questions to answer: 1 What is health? 2 What is health’s relationship to the limits of the body? 3 What is the relation- ship between health and our satisfaction with life?
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The meaning of health Callahan says… “…a person’s experience of well-being and integrity of mind and body, the ability to pursue his or her vital goals, and to function in ordinary social and work contexts… Health is no less characterized by the absence of significant pain, suffering, and harmful disease.” The 1947 WHO definition takes in more ground with most of man’s ills somehow related to what medicine (science) might be capable of doing to clear up our long list of complaints – life issues and all social ills are suitable medical problems.
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