Ethical Reflections in Genetic Screening: A Reply to Swint and Kaback

  • Stuart F. Spicker
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 21)


Before replying to the contribution of J. Michael Swint and Michael M. Kaback, in their “Intervention Against Genetic Disease: Economic and Ethical Considerations,” it may be useful to consider their examination of the economic and ethical consequences of three genetic screening programs in the wider context of a prominent dilemma which is presently confronting the public, virtually all health professionals, the United States government, and even the entire market economy ([2],[3]). In the present context, where we have been asking what, if anything, is the price of health, it may be useful to formulate the central predicament which is now upon us, and to appreciate the fact that two equally distasteful conclusions or outcomes are about to be realized.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart F. Spicker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA

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