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Book and Media Reviews
December 26, 2012

Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, and Social Responsibility

Author Affiliations

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

Author Affiliation: Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (m.m.levi@amc.uva.nl).

JAMA. 2012;308(24):2629-2630. doi:10.1001/jama.308.24.2629-b

Biomedical science and technological development and its ready application in clinical medicine are helpful in solving many problems but simultaneously may create new challenges for society. The rapid development of molecular genetics, biotechnology, and imaging has in recent decades often outpaced the ethical debate on many issues, and because the boundaries of the potential of these technologies for medicine are moving fast—at the beginning of life, during life, and at the end of life—there is a need to redefine the fundamentals of public moral argument. Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, and Social Responsibility, edited by Nancy M. P. King and Michael J. Hyde, is a collection of essays on this topic.