Title
'Cosmetic neurology' and the moral complicity argument'Cosmetic neurology' and the moral complicity argument
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research group
Translational Neurosciences (TNW)
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Neuroethics
Volume/pages
2(2009):3, p. 151-162
ISSN
1874-5490
ISI
000284870000004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Over the past decades, mood enhancement effects of various drugs and neuromodulation technologies have been proclaimed. If one day highly effective methods for significantly altering and elevating one's mood are available, it is conceivable that the demand for them will be considerable. One urgent concern will then be what role physicians should play in providing such services. The concern can be extended from literature on controversial demands for aesthetic surgery. According to Margaret Little, physicians should be aware that certain aesthetic enhancement requests reflect immoral social norms and ideals. By granting such requests, she argues, doctors render themselves complicit to a collective 'evil'. In this paper, we wish to question the extent to which physicians, psychiatrists and/or neurosurgeons should play a role as 'moral gatekeepers' in dealing with suspect demands and norms underlying potential desires to alter one's mood or character. We investigate and discuss the nature and limits of physician responsibilities in reference to various hypothetical and intuitively problematic mood enhancement requests.
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