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Developing Public Health Approaches to Cognitive Enhancement: An Analysis of Current Reports

Developing Public Health Approaches to Cognitive Enhancement: An Analysis of Current Reports In this article, we analyse content from two recent reports to examine how a public health framework to cognitive enhancement is emerging. We find that, in several areas, these reports provide population-level arguments both for and against the use of cognitive enhancers. In discussing these arguments, we look at how these reports are indicative of potentially innovative frameworksepidemiological, risk/benefit and socio-historicalby which to explore the public health impact of cognitive enhancement. Finally, we argue that these reports are suggestive of both tensions between the bioethical and public health approaches and are also indicative of how these two frameworks can, in part, be seen as complementary. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Public Health Ethics Oxford University Press

Developing Public Health Approaches to Cognitive Enhancement: An Analysis of Current Reports

Public Health Ethics , Volume 4 (1) – Apr 25, 2011

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press. Available online at www.phe.oxfordjournals.org
ISSN
1754-9973
eISSN
1754-9981
DOI
10.1093/phe/phr006
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Abstract

In this article, we analyse content from two recent reports to examine how a public health framework to cognitive enhancement is emerging. We find that, in several areas, these reports provide population-level arguments both for and against the use of cognitive enhancers. In discussing these arguments, we look at how these reports are indicative of potentially innovative frameworksepidemiological, risk/benefit and socio-historicalby which to explore the public health impact of cognitive enhancement. Finally, we argue that these reports are suggestive of both tensions between the bioethical and public health approaches and are also indicative of how these two frameworks can, in part, be seen as complementary.

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Public Health EthicsOxford University Press

Published: Apr 25, 2011

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