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August 14, 2002

Law and BioethicsLaw and Bioethics: An Introduction

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


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JAMA. 2002;288(6):768-769. doi:10.1001/jama.288.6.768-JBK0814-2-1

Although law and bioethics are wed, there is often tension between the two. Many of the issues entwining them have proved litigious, vexing to bioethicists, and problematic for doctors and patients. A sobering reality of this fractious relationship is that a germinating body of bioethics, sculpted in the adversarial, litigious environment of the courtroom, is being insinuated into the realms of clinical and research medicine. Especially since law and bioethics are bound, probably indissolubly, to one another, sagacious individuals might suitably concern themselves with finding a concord between the two, consistent with improved comity.

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