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Chapter-05 Professionally Managing Boundaries between Medicine and Religion: ontemporary Perspectives

BOOK TITLE: Science and Religion-Synergy not Skepticism

Author
1. McCullough Laurence B
2. Chervenak Frank A
ISBN
9789352702756
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18046_6
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
8
Author Affiliations
1. Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA, Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Ethics, Medicine and Public Issues, Houston, Texas, USA, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA, Lenox Hill Hospital, Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra/Northwell, New York, USA
2. New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, Fellow of World Academy of Art and Science, New York, New York, USA, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA, E-mail: fac2001@med.cornell.edu, The New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center , New York, Joan and Sanford I Weill Medical College of Cornell University, The New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 525 E. 68th Street, J-130, New York, New York, USA, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA, Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York, Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA, Weill Medical College of Cornell, University, New York, New York, USA, Lenox Hill Hospital, Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra/ Northwell, New York, USA
Chapter keywords
Contemporary perspective, medicine, religion, human embryologic cloning, gene editing, childhood vaccine, therapeutic human embryologic cloning, reproductive human embryologic cloning

Abstract

The contemporary boundary between medicine and religion can sometimes be contested. Challenges can arise when advances in biomedical science and their clinical application become ethically problematic for some faith communities. These challenges can become severe when biomedical science and its clinical applications are considered to be unacceptable to one or more faith communities. The purpose of this chapter is providing an ethical framework for physicians to use in managing these ethical challenges in a professionally responsible way. Three contemporary topics following as human embryologic cloning, gene editing, and childhood vaccines examine in this chapter. Human embryologic cloning is used to create human embryologic stem cells, from which cell lines and organs can be derived. Gene editing is the name for a technical process for altering genomes. The effectiveness of childhood vaccines is preventing major disability, disease, and death is proven. The safety of childhood vaccines is also well established. The extremely low rate of injury does not result in exploitation, which means that justice supports childhood vaccines.

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