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Book and Media Reviews
August 15, 2012

Global Justice and Bioethics

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: Medical School and College of Law, Australian National University, Canberra (

JAMA. 2012;308(7):720-721. doi:10.1001/jama.308.7.720

Global Justice and Bioethics is characteristic of a transition phase in bioethics scholarship. The era of bioethics oriented toward the individual patient, epitomized by excellent books such as Roger J. Hughes and John P. McGovern's Physician Philosopher: Essays by Dr Edmund Pellegrino (2001), is rapidly being overtaken by a focus on how the care of patients (and even care of the planet as a patient) is affected by global forces, particularly in the form of supranational health care and pharmaceutical and energy corporations.