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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Response to Commentaries

Response to Commentaries

The Optimism of Misguided Ventures in Repairing the Brain

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(p.80) 2.5 Response to Commentaries
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The Future of Bioethics
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D. Gareth Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0010

The fundamental stance of the paper by Gareth Jones is that too little attention has been paid to the ethical issues arising from on-going and only partially successful treatment on vulnerable patients with Parkinson’s disease. The nature of the underlying optimism in this and other research approaches is only in part scientifically driven; the other contributor is scientifically uninformed hype, with its lack of testable hypotheses. The experience with neural grafting is relevant since considerable emphasis is currently being placed on injecting stem cells into the brain to “cure” neurodegenerative conditions. However, care has to be exercised that hope is not extinguished. The hazard of confusing clinical trial and medical care is highlighted, while the place of public participation in decision-making is raised. The consequences of neural complexity permeate every discussion including the problems raised by uncontrolled hype. Neuroethics needs to be seen more within the context of clinical ethics.

Keywords:   Parkinson’s disease, optimism, hope, clinical ethics, hype, neuroethics, neural grafting

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