Akira Akabayashi (ed): The future of bioethics: international dialogues
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Medicine presents impressive results in many fields. It shows exceptional promise in improving human health—improvements that benefit all countries, thanks to the effects of globalization. In fact, globalization favors not only the distribution of medical knowledge, drugs, and technical devices, but also the collaboration between and within different countries in clinical and therapeutic research. It also allows migration of patients and healthcare workers across continents. However, the extent to which globalization can improve human health is limited if it is not accompanied by a harmonization of basic bioethical principles. Such amity requires a candid dialogue across different societies and cultures.
Consider, for instance, the impressive work being done in Western countries with regard to chronic diseases, as palliative care, hospice medicine, pain medicine, and rehabilitation continue to improve. The aim of these practices is to treat chronic illness, where an underlying disease...