Biomedical ethics in South Africa : current challenges and institutional responses

Hattingh, Johan P. (2000)


The academic field of biomedical ethics in south Africa is fairly young and is currently going through a phase of properly establishing itself institutionally. At the same time it is confronted with the mulliple challenges of adequately responding to rapidly changing conceptions of the moral dimensions of medical practice. Without claiming to be exhaustive in this regard, this overview intends to highlight a number of the most pressing challenges to biomedical ethics in South Africa today. It will also focus on some of the most salient institutional responses to these challenges, while at the same time referring to a selction of sources where further discussion of these themes can be pursued.

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