This paper has three objectives. The first is to briefly outline the development of bioethics as a field since the end of World War II. The second is a focus on the recent controversy seen with silicone breast implants where a lack of ethical measures in proper testing has caused harm to thousands of patients. Specific studies will be analyzed to determine the engineering aspects involved with testing and using the products and where a lack of ethics came into the process. Finally, this paper will discuss the responsibilities of the biomedical engineer to learn and practice bioethics in research and testing of new technology.
The horrible experiments of the Third Reich during World War II serve as one of the most shocking examples of a lack of ethical research. During the war doctors in Nazi Germany conducted horrifying research from limb transplants to hypothermia tests on prisoners in their concentration camps. The lack of ethics in these experiments has far reaching implications within the world of biotechnology. During the Nuremburg Trials of 1948 new measures in medical research were developed because of the atrocities. The most important to our research was the... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2008, 04). Bioethics and the Biomedical Engineer. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 04, 2008, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Bioethics-Biomedical-Engineer-139066.html
"Bioethics and the Biomedical Engineer" StudyMode.com. 04 2008. 04 2008 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Bioethics-Biomedical-Engineer-139066.html>.
"Bioethics and the Biomedical Engineer." StudyMode.com. 04, 2008. Accessed 04, 2008. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Bioethics-Biomedical-Engineer-139066.html.