Centenary of the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences

From medical manners to moral reasoning: an historical overview of bioethics in the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences

Solomon R Benatar, David Benatar


The history of bioethics in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Cape Town (UCT) follows a similar pattern to elsewhere. At first, bioethics received little formal attention, but there has been a flowering of interest over the last few decades. There has also been a shift from a professionally insular view of bioethics to one informed by non-medical disciplines. While this pattern is to be found in many parts of the world, there are some distinctive, but not unique, features of bioethics at South Africa’s oldest medical school.

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Solomon R Benatar, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Dalla School of Public Health and the Joint Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Canada

David Benatar, Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town

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Medical ethics, bioethics, research ethics, clinical ethics, medical education, medical history

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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(6):406-408.

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Date submitted: 2012-01-07
Date published: 2012-03-02

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