Ownership of the Body: Philosophical Considerations on the Use of the Human Body and its Parts in Healthcare

Jos Welie (Editor), Henk AMJ ten Have (Editor)

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This is the first book in healthcare ethics addressing the moral issues regarding ownership of the human body. Modern medicine increasingly transforms the body and makes use of body parts for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive purposes. The book analyzes the concept of body ownership. It also reviews the ownership issues arising in clinical care (for example, donation policies, autopsy) and biomedical research. Societies and legal systems also have to deal with issues of body ownership. A comparison is made between specific legal arrangements in The Netherlands and France, as examples of legal approaches. In the final section of the book, different theoretical perspectives on the human body are analyzed: libertarian, personalist, deontological and utilitarian theories of body ownership.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-015-9129-4
ISBN (Print)978-0-7923-5150-4, 978-90-481-5059-5
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesEuropean Studies in Philosophy of Medicine

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