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Wounded Planet

How Declining Biodiversity Endangers Health and How Bioethics Can Help

Henk A.M.J. ten Have, MD, PhD

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Exploring the interconnectedness of human health, biodiversity, and bioethics.

We all depend on environmental biodiversity for clean air, safe water, adequate nutrition, effective drugs, and protection from infectious diseases. Today's healthcare experts and policymakers are keenly aware that biodiversity is one of the crucial determinants of health—not only for individuals but also for the human population of the planet. Unfortunately, rapid globalization and ongoing environmental degradation mean that biodiversity is rapidly deteriorating, threatening planetary health on a mass scale.

In Wound…

Exploring the interconnectedness of human health, biodiversity, and bioethics.

We all depend on environmental biodiversity for clean air, safe water, adequate nutrition, effective drugs, and protection from infectious diseases. Today's healthcare experts and policymakers are keenly aware that biodiversity is one of the crucial determinants of health—not only for individuals but also for the human population of the planet. Unfortunately, rapid globalization and ongoing environmental degradation mean that biodiversity is rapidly deteriorating, threatening planetary health on a mass scale.

In Wounded Planet, Henk A.M.J. ten Have argues that the ethical debate about healthcare has become too narrow and individualized. We must, he writes, adopt a new bioethical discourse—one that deals with issues of justice, equality, vulnerability, human rights, and solidarity—in order to adequately reflect the serious threat that current loss of biodiversity poses to planetary health. Exploring modern environmental challenges in depth, ten Have persuasively demonstrates that environmental concerns can no longer be separated from healthcare challenges, and thus should be included in global bioethics.

Going beyond an individualized perspective, he poses audacious questions: What does it mean that patients are poor or uninsured and cannot afford suggested medicines? How can we deal with the air and water pollution that are producing a patient's illness? How do we respond to patients complaining about the safety and quality of drinking water in their neighborhood? Touching on infectious and noncommunicable diseases, as well as food, medicine, and water, Wounded Planet transcends the limited vision of mainstream bioethics to compassionately reveal how healthcare and medicine must take a broad perspective that includes the social and environmental conditions in which individuals live.

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An important and stimulating deep study on the interaction among environmental issues, health, biodiversity, and bioethics. ten Have offers an original and urgent view.

A well-researched, erudite exposition of a trajectory of millennia of human existence within nature's self-renewing systems, through a few thousand years of living symbiotically with its bountiful offerings, to now-mindless destruction of our planet by our so-called 'sapient' species. Connecting bioethics and health to biodiversity is explicated as the most urgent and vital means to future health.

Henk ten Have's focus on biodiversity goes hand in hand with a more encompassing approach to bioethics; environmental dimensions are crucial, along with social and political challenges which go beyond domestic concerns and the focus on individual rights involved in medical practice. Bioethics is 'global' because the future of humankind is at stake.

The planet is dangerously sick and only uninformed or irresponsible people do not realize it. Ten Have's timely work has the merit of facing this urgent task through the bioethical gaze, rekindling the debate about the academic origins of this area of knowledge and the historical role of Van Rensselaer Potter's legacy.

Can bioethics help to save our wounded planet? This is the audacious question pursued in this book. A disturbing wake-up call in the wake of a rapidly deteriorating biodiversity. A plea for an action-oriented bioethics, a recipe for something beyond human survival.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Global Bioethics and the Environment
2. Biodiversity
3. Health
4. Disease
5. Drugs
6. Food
7. Water
8. Global Bioethics in Practice
Notes
Index

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Henk A.M.J. ten Have, MD, PhD

Henk A.M.J. ten Have, MD, PhD (AMSTERDAM, NL) is a research professor in bioethics at Universidad Anáhuac México and professor emeritus at Duquesne University's Center for Healthcare Ethics. He is the author of Wounded Planet: How Declining Biodiversity Endangers Health and How Bioethics Can Help and the coauthor of Bioethics, Healthcare and the Soul.
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