10 Bioethical Topics. Essay

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Bioethics: What are the issues?1.If I were a doctor who was asked by a child?s parents to prescribe a genetically-engineered growth hormone to make sure that their normal child grows tall I would respond to the parents that they must make sure they have thought this through thoroughly because it is a life-altering decision. As well they must consider the fact that they will not be the 100% biological parents of the child since genetic engineers will alter the fetus? DNA. Furthermore they must bear in mind that as a doctor I do not agree on their decision since they are tampering with nature. As well there is no guarantee that use of the technology will produce change that is in the best interest of the fetus. The complexity of the interactions of genes means that altered organisms could have the potential to cause great harm. I would strongly recommend to them to reflect upon their decision long and hard before deciding on whether they should genetically alter the baby.2.Today many very people are very ill are kept alive by machines, even though the people have permanent loss of brain function. The families of some of these people feel that the patient would probably not want to be kept alive artificially. There are many pros and cons to this subject. Some of the pros include that if the person is kept alive in the future there may be a cure for the person. Also it may take the person 5 or 15 years to recover and get off life support yet if the family turns life support off the will die in a matter of days. Furthermore the patient may regain consciousness therefore if one were to stop life support it may be considered murder.Some cons of taking someone off life support is that the person may recover several days, weeks, or years after the life support has been taken off, yet if it is weeks the person will be dead. Additionally in the future there may be a cure or the person may recover from the coma.Being taken off life support is a very difficult decision to make. Many people today decide that they do not want to be on life support what-so-ever but many times the doctor is not allowed to do that. I believe that I would like to be on life support if I were to need it in the future. I have decided to go on life support if I needed to because I know that eventually there will be a cure or treatment.3.N/A4.If a psychiatrist who treats depression tells me to give an experimental drug to a group of patients but not to tell them anything about the drug I would not do it. I would decide not to give the drug because my bioethics would not let me. I believe that the patient must know what the drug is supposed to do and what risks/side-effects of the drug are. It would not be right for me to give an unknown drug to patients with no idea of the risks. I would not want the responsibility of someone dying from taking the drug. Moreover I believe it to be unethical and somewhat unmoral, disloyal to not inform a person what they are about to be getting in to...

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