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June 21, 2000

Health System EthicsHealth Care and the Ethics of Encounter: A Jewish Discussion of Social Justice

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Laurie Zoloth, 336 pp, $45, ISBN 0-8078-2418-6, Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(23):3128-3129. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3128-JBK0621-2-1

For an American living abroad during the late 1980s and the 1990s as I was, watching the American health care system disassemble was like watching a brand new Cadillac start to roll slowly, heavily down the mountain. First, a moment of horrified panic as you realize the car is rolling. Next, a bit of guilty pleasure: it is, after all, someone else's Cadillac, and few delights compare to watching another person's expensive, self-indulgent luxury item being smashed to pieces on the rocks. Finally, another reversal: the doomed realization that this heavy machine is not going to come to a stop before it does some damage to innocent people. It has acquired a momentum of its own, and all you can do is watch its slow descent, hoping that no one gets hurt.

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