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Amelia Frey CSP 26 Response Paper #2 9/24/07 Ethical Limitations Hippocrates defines medicine as “the complete removal of the distress of the sick, the alleviation of the more violent diseases, and the refusal to undertake to cure cases in which the disease has already won the mastery…” (Hippocrates 140).The controversy surrounding the extent to which this promise can be upheld has been one of long time debate. Ethical standards have changed over time, especially with the advancement of antibacterial and numbing medications. However, basic tenets remain the same—procedures are not performed when knowingly harmful, research is not done without consent of those being researched, and to be even more specific, vulgar experimentation is not done on individuals deemed invaluable to society. Hippocrates debates these cases in his work On the Science of Medicine to support his theory that medicine’s place in the world is one of good-standing and should be used only for such, and only to cure ailments, not purely for research to advance the field. Celsus argues that those in society who are no longer valuable to the human race, mostly, prisoners and criminals. This being said, he concludes that the research of human anatomy by
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2008 for the course CSP 26 taught by Professor Upson-saia during the Fall '07 term at Occidental.

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