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September 18, 1981

Justice and Health Care

Author Affiliations

Georgia State University Atlanta

JAMA. 1981;246(12):1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320120060036

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This anthology examines the principle of justice and attempts to trace its implications for health care. The first of three sections contains four essays, which discuss the historical and conceptual backgrounds of the principle of justice. Section 2 is concerned with applying the principle of justice to the care of individuals and classes of persons. Section 3, the largest section in the book, focuses on questions of a broader nature, eg, how is a just society to allocate its resources, and, once certain goods have been earmarked for health care, how should those resources be distributed?

One can only wonder as to the audience for which this book is intended. So far as the book is concerned, justice and health care is an all-important issue, but whether the book is perceived as having merit will depend, in large measure, on the character of the audience. If the editor intends it