August 1967

CIBA Foundation Symposium, Ethics in Medical Progress: With Special Reference to Transplantation.

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By G. E. W. Wolstnholme, OBE, MA, FRCP, FI BIOL, and Maeve O'Connor, BA. Price $11.75. Pp 249. Little, Brown and Co., Boston 02106, 1966.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(2):226-228. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090230156048

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This small volume makes fascinating reading. While the title, Ethics in Medical Progress, includes a qualifying phrase, With Special Reference to Transplantation, which might be thought to limit sharply the field of relevance, this is not at all the case. It becomes quickly apparent to the reader that problems meriting the intense concern of all modern medicine—and, indeed, of society, as a whole—are to be considered.

Of the 28 participants in the symposium, all but five are members of the medical profession, with a preponderance of research surgeons. The remaining participants include a clergyman, a science journalist, and three members of the bar. The format is that commonly employed in the CIBA symposia, namely, a series of short essays with critical discussions interspersed.

The starting focus is upon the ethical and legal problems which renal transplantation involves. (There is a minimum of physiological and immunological explanation, just sufficient to enable

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