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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fact Question and Discussion Question BB Chapter 1

Chapter 1

FQ: What are some historical atrocities that happened to peak the creation of Bioethics?

DQ 1: The first chapter introduced the revealing of the human genome project and privacy. Is predicting a person's genetic disease invading privacy? Even if the parents consented to genetic testing?

DQ 2: If doctors and patients are like salesmen and customers, is the customer always right?


  1. One of the largest an most profound atrocities to date would have to be the medical trials, tests, and experiments performed on the Jewish people during the tyrannical reign of Adolf Hitler.

  2. Another would be the Tuskegee Syphilis Study on African American men who were in the tertiary stage of syphilis and US/Guatemalan syphilis studies on 1300 people who they happened to infect with syphilis

  3. Finding predispositions to certain diseases via genetic testing can be dicey. I think this should be determined by preexisting knowledge held by the parents that a significant negative genetic propensity may be present within the soon-to-be neonate (with obvious exceptions, depending upon who the parents are, their own mental and physical health history, the list goes on.) There is both potential benefit and potential harm that can be done with regard to the child, in my opinion. Knowing that you may be genetically predisposed to a particular disease can potentially lead to the individual becoming proactive in life early on by adhering to healthful lifestyle choices with the help of the parents (the earlier these habits/patterns of thought are developed, the better)- as opposed to not being made aware of the predisposition and later potentially developing a sense of learned helplessness after mysterious repeated dips in quality of health within the body and/or mind. So many factors play into the impact that genetic testing (or not) could have on the individual- so I will stop here before making any pointed or ungrounded assertions.