17. Individual Good and Common Good in Bioethics

Achieving a balance between the individual good and the common good is one of the aims of ethics. In health issues, the challenge of reconciling individual desires with the common good is intensified by the fact that while our demands grow inexorably, the resources to fully satisfy these demands are scarce. Professor Daniel Callahan dedicated the first edition of the Egozcue Lectures to addressing this issue, considering it in the light of medical progress, medicine and the market, and declining birthrates.