Ethics, Health Policy and (Anti-) Aging: Mixed Blessings

  • Maartje Schermer
  • Wim Pinxten

Part of the Ethics and Health Policy book series (EHP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Setting the Scene: Views on Age and Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maartje Schermer, Wim Pinxten
      Pages 3-11
    3. Wim Pinxten
      Pages 13-28
    4. John Vincent
      Pages 29-40
    5. Frans Meulenberg, Wim Pinxten
      Pages 79-87
  3. Taking Care: Caring for Elderly in an Aging Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Dorothea P. Touwen
      Pages 105-118
    3. Frits de Lange
      Pages 135-146
    4. Anders Schinkel
      Pages 147-169
  4. Looking Ahead: Ethics and Prolongevity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Sebastian Sethe, João Pedro de Magalhães
      Pages 173-188
    3. John Harris
      Pages 189-196
    4. Inez de Beaufort
      Pages 197-207
    5. Maartje Schermer
      Pages 209-224
    6. Hans-Jörg Ehni
      Pages 225-236
  5. Choosing Direction: Healthcare Policy and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Alies Struijs, Marieke ten Have
      Pages 239-249
    3. Laura Capitaine, Guido Pennings
      Pages 251-265
    4. Göran Hermerén
      Pages 267-290
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 280-280

About this book


This volume is about the ethical and philosophical issues that arise in an aging society, and the implications of these issues for healthcare- and social policy.  After a brief overview of biomedicine's changing approach of ageing and longevity and of the new expectations that these changes generate, various ethical, social, and policy issues that surround aging and longevity are discussed.  First, the images and social meanings of aging and old age in our society are explored, including their normative dimensions and implications for policy. Next, ethical issues in the care for frail elderly are discussed, as well as notion of good care and end-of-life decisions. Finally, the ethical and social implications of emerging possibilities for anti-aging and lifespan extension are considered. The book concludes with an overview of the relevance of the issues discussed for policy making on professional, national and international levels.


Health Care Ethics anti aging medicine elderly care ethics and longevity ethics of aging health care policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maartje Schermer
    • 1
  • Wim Pinxten
    • 2
  1. 1.RotterdamNetherlands
  2. 2., Medical Ethics and PhilsophyErasmus MC, RotterdamRotterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-3869-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-3870-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-1536
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-1544
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