If scientists can successfully clone sheep, will humans be next? Today's headlines read like a science fiction novel! Due Consideration takes a poignant look at the rapidly changing field of biomedicine and the consequences it will have on our lives. Arthur Caplan, one of this nation's leading bioethicists, explores these issues and analyzes moral questions including: Will we retain our essential humanity if we modify our biological blueprint? Would it be irresponsible to procreate without a thorough genetic examination? Who will decide if physical traits like short stature and baldness are considered diseases? Can biomedicine make our lives better? You'll also learn about the most current and controversial topics such as: Cloning, abortion and assisted suicide. Genetically engineering a human to be immune from infectious diseases. The ability to "design" our children from head to toe. Diagnosing and treating illnesses during fetal development. Programs to prevent the transmission of HIV. No other book on the market today combines this analytic clarity with the latest from medical journals and media headlines. Now, you can decide for yourself what the future ought to hold in store.
Arthur Caplan is the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Trustee Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published numerous books including When Medicine Went Mad (1992). He is a frequent commentator in the media including National Public Radio, Nightline, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. He has written more than 350 articles and reviews in professional journals on philosophy, medicine, health policy and the biological sciences. He's currently involved in consulting and policy for various committees including the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Syndrome, Clinton Health Care Task Force, Office of Technology Assessment of the United States Congress, American Federation for AIDS Research and many more.