Were polio to return, today

Koch, Tom
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1244
Academic Journal
The article discusses the polio pandemic in 1950s in a bioethical perspective. The author stated that when the disease attacks, the local medical teams mounted an unprecedented effort to sustain the lives of mostly young patients that suffered from the disease. In addition, the negative ventilation machines encasing patients from foot to chin are rushed into service for all those who may benefit from their use. However, in the bioethics view, the idea of sanctifying life as a principal value has been replaced by life as a contingent value depending on quality. Moreover, bioethicists may presumably argue that the life quality of a person on ventilatory assistance is insupportable.


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