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<i>Interventions on an unprecedented scale</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0043
Interventions on an unprecedented scale

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This chapter presents a 1997 commentary on the views of moral philosopher Hans Jonas in relation to drug trials to treat cardiac arrhythmias. Joans claimed that modern technology has introduced actions of such novel scale, objects, and consequences that the framework of former ethics cannot contain them. The duty of knowledge is now beyond anything required in the past. Predictive knowledge always fall behind technical knowledge, and the gap created between the ability to foretell and the power to act creates a novel moral problem.

Keywords: medical care; medical research; clinical trials; drug trials; cardiac arrhythmias; Hans Jonas

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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