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Unformatted text preview: The Imperative of technology in healthcare Section 2.5 of HSC 4008 Spring 2008 Jeff Ludy What Callahan is about Fifth chapter… Assessing risks and benefits Human nature strives for knowledge and understanding. Science is an expression of that effort and thus science has strong public support. On redirecting the course of human future, “You should never put off something useful for fear of an evil that may never arrive”. Dr. James D. Watson (Time, 1999). Aimed for benefits versus hypothetical risks • As we argue over stem cell research (and other things) we are confronted by two sides: • Science - with unrestricted access to the pursuit of “new” findings. • Moral calls for Gods will to be obeyed • What’s missing is a social consciousness (see Bentley Glass p 40-41) working for a compromise between these two extremes. The Issue • Do we protect society or hurt it by showing restraint in supporting all that science can do? • Kevles said, “today’s affront to the gods may be tomorrow’s highly regarded - and highly demanded - agent of self-gratification or health”. • Also suggested here are the profit and “us first” motives for going forward with a new idea. • Lost is the previously discussed duty of science to disclose and discuss potential harm or dangers associated with scientific exploration - don’t scientists and physicians have a duty to inform their clients (the public)? Assessing risks & benefits • Risk assessment is an essential part of science which can not be turned away by the argument, “to worry about potential risk...
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