A Portrait of Nanomedicine and Its Bioethical Implications
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
© 2012 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Special Issue: SYMPOSIUM 1: Nanodiagnostics and Nanotherapeutics: Building Research Ethics and Oversight
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 763–779, Winter 2012
How to Cite
Hall, R. M., Sun, T. and Ferrari, M. (2012), A Portrait of Nanomedicine and Its Bioethical Implications. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40: 763–779. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2012.00705.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
This review addresses the current and future potential of nanomedicine, and its ethical considerations within the comprehensive framework of the four dimensions of medical ethics: Beneficence, Non-Maleficence, Respect, and Justice. From this perspective, the ethical considerations for nanomedicine are not novel, but have been addressed by precedents throughout the history of medicine. While these ethical challenges are not unique to nanomedicine, some require additional consideration, given the envisioned pervasive impact of nanomedicine on society.