Ethics and medical technology
In an earlier issue of the same journal, Professor ten Have of the Netherlands had discussed medical technology in general. The abstract of the paper starts with this sentence: ‘The current model of technology assessment treats ethics itself as just another problem-solving technology. ‘ The opening paragraph of the essay describes how the National Association of the Deaf in USA protested against widespread use of cochlear implants in children. The major objection was that this new technology threatens the hard-won respect for the deaf and that means by which they communicate.
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