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The Imperative of technology in healthcare Section 2.7 of HSC 4008 Spring 2008 Jeff Ludy
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What Callahan is about Seventh chapter… For every action there is often a equally powerful reaction - a positive finding is balanced by the possibility of negative consequences. In a pluralistic society how can we deal with the pressure to do research - or to hold back research? Go… or No Go?
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Examples Recombinant DNA At the 1975 Asilomar conference scientists put gene-splicing (to make “anything” we could imagine) on the scientific table. A special group at NIH was started to “review” this sort of science to prevent “problems”. Once again that old gambler Dr. Watson suggested this was much ado about nothing, and in this case he was proved to be correct - no three headed monsters have been produced with this technology (yet).
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Violence Wars -1 1970s, Kenneth Clark suggests we develop a pill to reduce violence. 1972 - the Neuropsychiatric Institute of California (UCLA) takes up the idea… 1973 - Gov. Ronald Reagan suggests this science is a good idea and includes it in his State of the State address. Later in 1973 the African- American community (and others) in California become concerned about this science and its “motivation”. Violence Wars - 2 The XYY phenomenon comes to public notice in 1970. That pesky extra Y chromosome is identified and it is suggested that having one makes the person prone to violence and anti-social behavior. Efforts to identify people who
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