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Bioethics and the Future: Can Progress Be Tamed?

In his last article, completed just before his death, Hastings Center cofounder Daniel Callahan outlined his vision for the future of bioethics. It is “based on the necessity of finding the best balance between the benefits and harms of progress.” he wrote. “I chose progress for a simple reason. Progress has given us most of the ethical and social benefits of modern medicine, alongside the most aggravating ethical challenges. I conclude with a proposal for the next 50 years of bioethics.” Read the article in the Harvard Medical School Bioethics Journal.