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The Future of Medicine

Christopher Thomas Scott

in American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748626014
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.003.0011
The Future of Medicine

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This chapter begins with a fictional news report, imagining the ailing ex-President George W. Bush requiring stem cell therapy in 2016 and using this as a vehicle for comparing American and European attitudes to stem cell research. The author, Christopher Thomas Scott, moves on to consider debates within contemporary medical and scientific research, and the related political and legislative battles of the early years of the twenty-first century. Tracing the recent science/anti-science tensions back to the 1970s and debates around creationism and evolutionism, the chapter considers historical and ethical issues posed by embryo and DNA research, casting light on American medical-scientific practice by surveying global trends. The chapter ends with a consideration of likely medical developments beyond 2008 and the end of the second Bush administration, linked to issues of globalization and morality.

Keywords: Stem Cell Therapy; George W. Bush; Medical research; Creationism; Embryo; DNA; Globalization

Chapter.  7548 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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