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Book and Media Reviews
November 1, 2006


JAMA. 2006;296(17):2146-2151. doi:10.1001/jama.296.17.2147

Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD, is a leader in the field of bioethics in the United States. This collection of 15 of his essays, originally published from 1988 through 2004, is a welcome addition to the library of anyone in the field. Moreno is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities and was a staff member of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments.

The first six of the book's 15 chapters address bioethics as a profession. These essays include insightful observations about the gradual acceptance of bioethics as a field—in medical education, postgraduate medical education, and hospital bedside consultation. In this realm, Moreno is best known for his discussion of the role of consensus in a pluralistic society and the meaning of consensus in bioethics.

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