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Enhancement, Biomedical

  1. Thomas Douglas

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee560

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

How to Cite

Douglas, T. 2013. Enhancement, Biomedical. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

Abstract

Biomedical technologies can increasingly be used not only to combat disease, but also to augment the capacities or traits of normal, healthy people – a practice commonly referred to as biomedical enhancement. Perhaps the best-established examples of biomedical enhancement are cosmetic surgery and doping in sports. But most recent scientific attention and ethical debate focuses on extending lifespan, lifting mood, and augmenting cognitive capacities.

Keywords:

  • ethics;
  • medicine;
  • practical (applied) ethics