The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Vulnerability: A Futile or Useful Principle in Healthcare Ethics?

Vulnerability: A futile or useful principle in healthcare ethics?


On 19 October 2005, the 33rd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO adopted, with acclaim, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UNESCO, 2005). This Declaration is the first international statement on ethics to deal with the linkage between bioethics and human rights. It provides the international community with global bioethics standards for the first time. It is also the first global policy document on bioethics principles that have been adopted by governments; in total more than 192 Member States of the United Nations have adopted the Declaration.

Among its 15 articles addressing morally binding principles, Article 8 of the Declaration addresses the principles of human vulnerability ...

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