Vanderbilt University School of Law
As Western man approaches the last quarter of the twentieth century, he is developing the power to control the forces of nature. Few areas of human behavior have not been affected by new technologies. In health care, progress has been dramatic in such areas as the determination of prenatal genetic defects through amniocentesis, asexual reproduction through artificial insemination, the use of an artificial placenta, cloning,artifical modification of man-especially through transplantation, ' modification of human behavior through psychosurgery and chemotherapy,' and the mechanical postponement of death. No aspect of health care has escaped the impact of technology.
George J. Annas,
The Patient Rights Advocate: Redefinig the Doctor-Patient Relationship in the Hospital Context,
Vanderbilt Law Review
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