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Am I My Brother's Keeper? The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine by Arthur L. Caplan (Medical Ethics Series), 241 pp, $24.95, ISBN 0-253-33358-X, Bloomington, Ind, Indiana University Press, 1998.
Due Consideration—Controversy in the Age of Medical Miracles by Arthur L. Caplan, 282 pp, paper, $17.95, ISBN 0-471-18344-X, New York, NY, John Wiley & Sons,1998.
In our high-tech age, ethics has been distilled to sound bites, and no one does it better and more often than Art Caplan. His gap-toothed smile grins out at us from the first book's back cover; his impressive professional and media credentials are summed up on the second's. His books leverage these credentials and much previous work to reach out to patients—something that few accomplished ethicists have done.
For Am I My Brother's Keeper? one in a Medical Ethics series edited by David H. Smith and Robert M. Veatch, Caplan writes an exciting, fresh introduction about distrust in medicine.
EthicsAm I My Brother's Keeper? The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine Due Consideration—Controversy in the Age of Medical Miracles. JAMA. 1998;280(4):389. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.389-JBK0722-4-1