The Moral Threat of Personal Medicine

  • Garrett Hardin


When we use the word “medicine” we usually mean personal medicine, medicine aimed at alleviating the problems of the individual. Personal medicine seldom considers the needs of society as a whole (which are sometimes not congruent with merely personal needs), and almost never consider the interests of posterity. Unfortunately, practicing personal medicine to relieve the effects of hereditary defects works against the interests of posterity. The justification of this assertion is quite simple.


Sickle Cell Anemia Personal Medicine Genetic Load Typographical Error Fetal Surgery 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Garrett Hardin
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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