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Book and Media Reviews
August 22/29, 2007

Biotechnology and the Human Good

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(8):926-931. doi:10.1001/jama.298.8.926

It is easy to become infatuated with technology. How can you not be enticed by a car that parallel parks itself, robot vacuum cleaners, the iPhone, and other recent inventions that conjure up childhood memories of The Jetsons? Physicians are especially susceptible to the allure of technology—eg, magnetic resonance imaging scanners, robotic-assisted surgery, and video capsule endoscopy. “Keep it coming” might be our technological mantra. Still, many of us harbor at least a slight terror over the boundless potential power that technology possesses and the possibility of its misuse. The authors of Biotechnology and the Human Good find ample reasons that are worrisome and unsettling. The book carefully explores the landscape of biotechnology from a predominantly philosophical and theological perspective. The verdict: good stewardship is as important as good science.

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