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Book and Media Reviews
September 28, 2011

Pediatric Bioethics

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: University of California, San Diego (kon.sandiego@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(12):1381-1382. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1368

Geoffrey Miller has assembled some of the most notable bioethicists for this interesting and thought-provoking book. The book covers a broad range of topics, from basic concepts and theories in bioethics to chapters detailing specific and narrow issues.

Several chapters are outstanding. For example, the chapter by Ross on newborn screening and the chapter by Quaid on presymptomatic genetic testing provide a well-considered and comprehensive review of the literature along with the ethical issues at play. Indeed, these chapters, as well as the chapter by Harrison on truth telling, the chapter by Lombardo on controlling reproduction in children with mental disabilities, and the chapters by Frader and Flanagan-Klygis on the ethics of immunizations are well written and will be of great interest to learners and practitioners at all levels. These chapters provide a broad overview and explain basic concepts so as to make them accessible to the novice, yet consider the issues in such depth that even the most seasoned pediatric ethicists would find them of interest.

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