February 18, 1983

Medical Genetics Casebook: A Clinical Introduction to Medical Ethics Systems Theory

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago


by Colleen D. Clements (Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society), 233 pp, $29.50, Clifton, NJ, Humana Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(7):950. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330310068037

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With her Medical Genetics Casebook, Colleen Clements has done a great service to the interests of theoretical and applied clinical medical ethics. The corpus of general medical ethics literature has become so vast and so nonspecific that unless one is willing or has the time to wade through all of the material to find that which is immediately pertinent to one's clinical specialty, the material is left untouched. Certainly, today's clinical practitioner is an example of a kind of "sensory overload" victim with regard to medical ethics material.

However, Clements lays claim to an enormous task in the agenda she establishes for herself in writing this casebook. As the subtitle tells us, she proposes to present a clinical introduction to Medical Ethics System Theory, and in her preface she explains that her book is meant to help bridge the gap between the clinician and the theoretician with regard to medical