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Concern for families and individuals in clinical genetics

Parker, M. and Lucassen, A. (2003) Concern for families and individuals in clinical genetics Journal of Medical Ethics, 29, (2), pp. 70-73.

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Clinical geneticists are increasingly confronted with ethical tensions between their responsibilities to individual patients and to other family members. This paper considers the ethical implications of a "familial" conception of the clinical genetics role. It argues that dogmatic adherence to either the familial or to the individualistic conception of clinical genetics has the potential to lead to significant harms and to fail to take important obligations seriously.
Geneticists are likely to continue to be required to make moral judgments in the resolution of such tensions and may find it useful to have access to ethics training and support.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: clinical genetics, genetic counselling, genetic information


Local EPrints ID: 26513
ISSN: 1473-4257
PURE UUID: 69e63232-4537-492e-aa47-db87e86a56e9

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Date deposited: 19 Apr 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:07

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Author: M. Parker
Author: A. Lucassen

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