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HORWITZ C, Nina  and  NORERO V, Colomba. Should we conduct research in bioethics?. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2002, vol.130, n.8, pp.911-915. ISSN 0034-9887.

This article reviews the conceptual evolution of bioethics, conditioned by cultural changes. The discipline could be strengthened with new analytical methodologies and with an empirical approach. The dangers of a purely descriptive bioethics, solely linked to practical experience are also discussed. This may cause the loss of the regulatory frame, that allows bioethics to enrich medical practice from a humane and moral viewpoint. Therefore, there is a need to find the balance between the theoretical analysis and an empirical approach, to face the growing complexity of contemporary ethical problems (Rev Méd Chile 2002; 130: 911-5

Keywords : Bioethics; Cultural evolution; Research.

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