Public Health, Medicine, and Bioethics


Public Health, Medicine, and Bioethics: Vectors for Sustainable Social and Economic Development, by Armel Setubi  F. (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015), 113 pages, ISBN: 978-3-659-67997-1.

When relating health to social and economic development, one can assert that good health standards mean development and poor health standards mean lack of development. This suggests that the basis for a country’s sustainable development is, among other things, the enjoyment of good health standards by its population. Thus, effort must be made to further research. For example, advances in germ-line gene engineering could highly benefit people if well used and properly regulated. Ensuring good health standards to a country’s population is possible through the building of public health systems and the practice of ethical values which can enlighten social and medical practices. The bioethical model and the public health system applied must take into account the social-anthropological mindset which forms the common soul of particular groups of people. Problems which are embodied in the empirical givenness of people’s day-to-day living  are what animated the subject matter of the author's analysis. He shows that, by adopting an attitude that is devoid of prejudices, one can approach his or her own culture or that of others with insights that could help to improve health and social conditions, as well as stimulate viable development.