Title: Bioethics in Chile
Authors: Valdebenito, Carolina
Editors: Rose, Dale
Goldstein, Zoe
Blume, Stuart
Issue Date: Feb-2009
Publisher: Innovia foundation
Series Title: The Innovia Foundation Newsletter issue:8 pages:3-7
Abstract: Despite economic growth, modernization, and
left-of-centre presidents and governments,
Chile has remained an ethically conservative
nation, influenced by its colonial past and its
act”. For rhetoric to be turned into reality,
patient organizations need to be provided with
the necessary financial and material means, and
they need to be guaranteed access to
information. These conditions are all too
frequently lacking in Europe. “Make patient
organizations actors in their own right in knowledge
production”. This means that they need to be
provided with the tools for extracting value
from patients’ experiences; tools which social
scientists can do far more to help furnish than
they in fact do. The book as a whole provides a
useful overview of what, relevant for Innovia’s
work, is going on in (Western) Europe.
Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to say
that Jo Weaver, who is a graduate student at
Emory University in Atlanta, USA, has now
finished work on the bibliography on ‘Leprosy
(or Hansen’s disease) and Stigma’ that we
began in collaboration with IDEA
( It contains
approximately one hundred items, with
detailed annotations, drawn from many
sources. I would like to thank Jo – and everyone
who provided her with material for inclusion –
very much indeed. The Innovia website will
soon include directions for accessing the
bibliography. If we can find the (modest)
resources needed, I hope we will be able to use
this bibliography as the basis for further work.
On that, more later.
religious culture. Abortion is still forbidden and
divorce has only been possible for a few years.
Like other countries, Chile too has had to come
to terms with the global debates regarding new
science and technologies, and the new
perspectives on developments such as the
human genome project, cloning, and
euthanasia. Over the past decade or so, a
number of institutions have begun to work in the field of bioethics, though their starting
points differ.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: DI
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