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Books, Journals, New Media
August 18, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(7):867. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.867-a

The desire for self-improvement is ubiquitous in our society. Many individuals readily seek all sorts of enhancements for themselves and their children. But how much should medicine be involved in producing enhancements for healthy people? The line between treatment and enhancement is often fuzzy and frequently traversed in both directions. With our growing biotechnological expertise, the potentials of pharmaceutical, surgical, and, before long, genomic enhancements become greater and, to some, increasingly attractive.