SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 146, 41, (2002), pp. 1947-51
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Ethics, Philosophy, History of Medical Sciences
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectHealth care practices and chronic disorders. Bioethical, philosophical and historical perspectives; Gezondheidszorgpraktijken en chronische aandoeningen
Since its inception, the Health Council of the Netherlands has included normative aspects in its reports. Over the past decades, ethics and rights have received increasing attention, particularly since the establishment of the Standing Committee on Medical Ethics and Health Law in 1977. In particular, the ethical implications of bio-molecular life sciences (genetic counselling, genetic screening, research with human embryos) have been discussed in the Council's publications. The Council has also been involved from an early stage in the euthanasia discussion. It is accepted that policy advice concerning scientific developments implies normative considerations. However, the extent to which the Council's role is simply to highlight these considerations or to present conclusions remains a recurring question. In the latter case, priority is often given to the principle of respect for autonomy, while underestimating the significance of solidarity.
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