Biopiracy and the ethics of medical heritage: the case of India's traditional knowledge digital library'.
Medical humanities have a central role to play in combating biopiracy. Medical humanities scholars can articulate and communicate the complex structures of meaning and significance which human beings have invested in their ways of conceiving health and sickness. Such awareness of the moral significance of medical heritage is necessary to ongoing legal, political, and ethical debates regarding the status and protection of medical heritage. I use the Indian Traditional Knowledge Digital Library as a case study of the role of medical humanities in challenging biopiracy by deepening our sense of the moral value of medical heritage.
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SourceThe Journal of medical humanities 33:3 2012 Sep pg 175-83
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Pub Type(s)Journal Article