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December 7, 1994

Topics Go From Aiding Suicide to Reporting News as Bioethics Groups Hold First `Mega-meeting'

JAMA. 1994;272(21):1642-1644. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520210026010

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FIGURING THAT 900 heads are better than 100 or 200, four American bioethics societies this fall held their annual meetings together for the first time.

Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME), Society for Health and Human Values, Society for Bioethics Consultation, and American Association of Bioethics brought together an impressive potpourri of bioethicists, physicians, nurses, philosophers, lawyers, teachers, and others interested in bioethical issues.

Dubbed the first annual "Bioethics Mega-meeting," the conference was a beehive of concurrent and overlapping sessions, with each group endeavoring to maintain the integrity of its own annual meeting.

The societies met together to "provide both members and nonmembers with an invaluable opportunity to meet with a greater variety of experts and colleagues, and to network on a larger and more comprehensive scale than otherwise possible," says Benjamin Moulton, JD, MPH, of Boston, Mass, ASLME's executive director. In addition,

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