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Ethos, Bioethics, and Sexual Ethics in Work and Reception of the Anatomist Niels Stensen 1638-1686 :
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This book offers a unique and comprehensive outlineof the ethos, the bioethics and the sexual ethics of the renowned anatomist andfounder of modern geology, Niels Stensen (1638-1686). It tells the story of a student whois forced to defend himself against his professor who tries to plagiarize hisfirst discovery, the “Ductus Stenonis”: the first performance test for the youngresearcher. The focal points are questions of bioethics, especially with regardto human reproduction, sexual ethics, the beginning of life and the ensoulmentof the embryo, together with frontiers of pastoral care. The book delineatesStensen’s ethos as well as its medico-ethical and theological implications andreception by researchers and physicians from the 17th century until today,and asks about his lasting significance. Despite dating back more than 300years, Stensen’s character and his work offer up surprisingly topical answersto current questions on the nature of professional ethics in medical scienceand practice. Furthermore, “Circulation of Love” is the first academic book onbioethics and sexual ethics with a foreword by the Prefect of the Congregationfor the Doctrine of the Faith. A fascinating book for bioethicists,physicians, members of health professions, scientists, theologians, and bishops.