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From assistive to enhancing technology: Should the treatment- enhancement distinction apply to future assistive and augmenting technologies?

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The treatment- enhancement distinction is often used to delineate acceptable and unacceptable medical interventions. It is likely that future assistive and augmenting technologies will also soon develop to a level that they might be considered to provide users, in particular those with disabilities, with abilities that go beyond natural human limits, and become in effect an enhancing technology. In this paper we describe how this process might take place, and discuss the moral implications of...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1136/medethics-2016-104014

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
Publisher:
BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medical Ethics Journal website
Volume:
44
Issue:
4
Pages:
244-247
Publication date:
2017-10-14
Acceptance date:
2017-09-25
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EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
Source identifiers:
732405
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pubs:732405
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uuid:ad8939c8-6e56-4aad-b644-29d6dc60a289
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pubs:732405
Deposit date:
2017-10-05

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