Van Rensselaer Potter II (August 27, 1911 – September 6, 2001) was
an American biochemist. He was Professor of Oncology at the McArdle
Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin...
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Global Bioethics: Building on the Leopold Legacy
Van Rensselaer Potter created and defined the term "bioethics" in
1970, to describe a new philosophy that sought to integrate biology,
ecology, medicine, and human values. Bioethics is often linked to
environmental ethics and stands in sharp contrast to biomedical
ethics. Because of this confusion (and appropriation of the term in
medicine), Potter chose to use the term "Global Bioethics" in 1988.
Potter's definition of bioethics from Global Bioethics
is, "Biology combined with diverse humanistic knowledge forging a
science that sets a system of medical and environmental priorities
for acceptable survival."
203 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", January 1988