May 19, 1993

If I Were a Rich Man Could I Buy a Pancreas? and Other Essays on the Ethics of Health Care

Author Affiliations

Georgia State University Atlanta


by Arthur L. Caplan (Medical Ethics), 348 pp, $29.95, ISBN 0-253-31307-4, Bloomington, Ind, Indiana University Press, 1992.

JAMA. 1993;269(19):2561. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500190105051

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This text is an anthology composed of 19 articles, all written by Arthur L. Caplan. Seventeen of the articles reprint material published in other sources between 1982 and 1989. The two remaining essays are written especially for this volume; they are "Mapping Morality: Ethics and the Human Genome Project" (chapter 8), and "Can Autonomy Be Saved?" (chapter 16).

All articles in Caplan's anthology are loosely grouped under six topic headings. Part I is entitled "The Nature of Applied Ethics" and contains two chapters. Part II includes four chapters under the title "Ethical Issues in Animal and Human Experimentation." The remaining four topic headings are as follows: Part III, "Advances in Reproduction and Genetics" (two chapters); Part IV, "Transplants and Other Unnatural Acts" (three chapters); Part V, "Aging, Chronic Illness, and Rehabilitation" (five chapters); and Part VI, "Money, Medicine, and Morality" (three chapters).

Anyone familiar with Caplan's work knows that it