Disclosure Dilemmas PDF
by Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
There is today, a fast growing availability of personal genetic information. Its prognostic impact and value for an individual or family member's health is sometimes unclear, while at others it is clear-cut. The issue of whether to disclose genetic information has a wide range of implications at the personal level and, more generally, how it affects concepts of preventive medicine and health policy. Avoiding the rhetoric of 'genetic exceptional ism', and drawing on an expanded field of bioethical, sociological and anthropological research, this book sets a new agenda for discussing the ethics surrounding the disclosure of prognostic genetic information. A hermeneutical approach reconsiders the ethics of disclosure in a variety of contexts in which genetic information is generated, requested, interpreted or communicated - from the provider perspective, but also from the moral perspectives of clients and their families. In situations of disclosure, in these different contexts, genetic information meets morality. Providers and recipients can become vulnerable to the revelation or concealment of information, and the forms in which it may be provided.This book invites readers to explore these contexts from an ethical viewpoint.
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