Applied Anthropological Work in Bioethics

Bioethics lends itself well to anthropologically informed applied work. Since legal and bioethics guidelines, notably informed consent, are particularly relevant to clinical practice and research, anthropologists have much to contribute to shaping clinical practice and moral reasoning through analyzing bioethics and health policy. Consequently, research conducted in this vein tends to be oriented less toward understanding bioethics as a cultural process, and more toward using anthropological methods and theory to analyze bioethical issues and resolve moral quandaries both in theory and practice. Consider two examples of how anthropologists have been doing applied work in bioethics.

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