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Volume 12, issue 4

Reflections

Eugenics today – is there a threat to human dignity and right to live?

RENATE SCHERNUS1
1. Działu Psychiatrii Zakładów von Bodelschwingsche, Bethel, Niemcy
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2003, 12 (4), 375-382
Keywords: eugenics, human dignity

Abstract

The author presents her reflections on the relationship between technical possibilities of contemporary genetic diagnostics of mental disorders and their social perception on the one hand, and on the other hand-communities' attitude towards people with mental disorders or mental retardation. Special attention is pa id in the paper to the unexpected or neglected effect of new trends in eugenics on the way human dignity is defined and its practical implications. (Ed.)

Address for correspondence:
Dipl. Psych. Renate Schernus, Bohnenbachweg 15, 33617 Bielefeld, Niemcy