Advantages And Disadvantages Of Charlie Gordon's Surgery

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Isabelle Carroll
Hours 4 & 5
November 15th, 2016
Argument Essay
Charlie Gordon's doctors did not act ethically as they performed the surgery on him to increase his intelligence. Ethics are what people consider to be morally right and wrong. The scientists decided that it would've been morally right to conduct their own experiment on Charlie Gordon. However, the scientists may have acted ethically by conducting the experiment to see if they can improve the intelligence of the entire society. It is unfortunate that the disadvantages outnumber the number of advantages because the ratio shows that the scientists should not perform the surgery, as there are more risks than benefits.
The scientists were not ethical while preparing and performing Charlies surgery in many ways. They had not thought about how Charlie's life would change when his intelligence would be increased, and also how his life would be after his intelligence rapidly decreased back to normal. According to Medical Ethics, the patient must be fully informed with all available information.
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