Ethics of Medical Innovation, Experimentation, and Enhancement in Military and Humanitarian Contexts

  • Daniel Messelken
  • David Winkler

Part of the Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics book series (MHHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Research and Research Ethics in Military and Humanitarian Contexts

  3. Military Human Enhancement: “Science-Fiction” in the Real World

About this book


This book discusses ethical questions surrounding research and innovation in military and humanitarian contexts. It focuses on human enhancement in the military. Recently, the availability of medical enhancement designed to make soldiers more capable of surviving during conflict, as well as enabling them to defeat their enemies, has emerged. Innovation and medical research in military and humanitarian contexts may thus yield positive effects, but simultaneously leads to a number of highly problematic ethical issues.  

The work contains contributions on medical ethics that take into account the specific roles and obligations of military and humanitarian health care providers and the ethical problems they encounter. They cover different aspects of research and innovation such as vaccine development, medical enhancement, compassionate and experimental drug use, research and application of new technologies such as wearables, “Humanitarian innovation” to cope with scarce resources, Biometrics, big data, etc.The book is of interest and importance to researchers and policy makers  involved with human enhancement, medical research, and innovation in military and humanitarian missions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Messelken
    • 1
  • David Winkler
    • 2
  1. 1.Zurich Center for Military Medical Ethics, Center for EthicsUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Center of Reference for Education on IHL & EthicsInternational Committee of Military MedicineBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-36318-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-36319-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-5465
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-5473
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