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Bioethics

  • By: Teresa Blankmeyer Burke
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Bioethics is the ethical analysis of biological and biomedical topics. Deaf bioethics is the area of bioethics of biological and biomedical topics related to deaf people. This can be further sorted into two categories: mainstream bioethical issues that impact the general population, including deaf people; and bioethical issues that are specific to deaf people. When considering the Deaf community, there are two ways to approach bioethics. The first is to consider how deaf people might broach the standard topics of bioethical inquiry, such as scientific research practices, organ transplantation, ethical issues about the beginning and ending of life, palliative care decisions, systemic problems in health care access, and global health justice. The second approach identifies those bioethical topics that have particular salience for Deaf ...

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