Building "better" humans?

Modern medicine provides many new treatments. But do those treatments always respect the rights of patients and their families? Do some treatments go too far, running against the desires of society at large?

Here at the Science Museum of Minnesota we are hosting the Deadly Medicine exhibit that looks at the history of science taken too far in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. The last day to see the Deadly Medicine exhibit is this Sunday, May 4th, 2008.

How are the lessons of history informing current day questions of medical ethics? Read the three case studies that follow. Tell us which action you would choose. Then, see if your decision changes as you learn more information. You can see how your answers relate to the answers of other visitors after you complete each survey.

Test-tube babies - Cochlear implants - Assisted suicide

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

I went to go tsee this exhibit to me it was kind of crazy I thought. I don't know why they would think that they could do stuff like this. I feel like this was really wrong.

Twila Turnage

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:01am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

i saw this exhibit i didnt like it all that much it was kind of desterbing to me but its the past and history theres nothing i can do

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:06am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

We have to learn from the past so we don't repeat the mistakes that were made - time and again there are examples of people not learning from the past. And the exhibit should be disturbing - the misuse of science to the extent that was done here is disturbing! Look up current genocides on Google. Use Google Earth to see the dozens of locations where one group is trying to eliminate another. Similar things are happening in our world - today, right now. This is not a thing of the past - and you have to believe and WANT to make a difference. Does our knowing of the genocide happening Darfur and doing nothing about it compare to the Germans who knew about the extermination camps and didn't say anything? There is always something you can do.

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:38am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

We're learning about this stuff in science class and i don't know whether to be against it or for it

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posted on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 7:42am
SHANEE's picture
SHANEE says:


posted on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 8:58am
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

i went to go see this at the science museum too,
i think that it was pretty awesome of what they did..

posted on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 8:58am
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

aww i'm starting to hate people who trying to create *better people* that just so stupid

posted on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 9:04am
zephyr's picture
zephyr says:

i agree i also am learning this in class...... lol i am in her class but i dont belive it

posted on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 8:35am
bert123's picture
bert123 says:

i seen this exhibit it was pretty interesting just some of the stuff that they did to the people was quite cruel
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 8:51am
flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

i doubt they could make a better alex


posted on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 8:57am
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

i dont think they should try to build better humans.... when they do try to do things like that something always end up going wrong and they come out messed up

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:17am

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