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August 27, 1982

Science and Morality: New Directions in Bioethics

JAMA. 1982;248(8):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080067040

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This anthology is a compilation of papers delivered at three annual science and morality conferences held at Nazareth College of Rochester during 1979, 1980, and 1981. The collection begins with an introductory essay, which is intended to serve as an overview of the field. The text is divided into three parts, with the essays in each part centering on issues related to one specific phase of the life cycle. Part 1, "Interventions at the Beginning of Life," deals with issues such as genetic counseling, in vitro fertilization, and eugenics. Part 2, "Interventions During the Life Cycle," is concerned with environmental issues, patient rights, behavior modification, and similar topics. Part 3, "Interventions at the End of Life," deals with treatment of the aged, euthanasia, and death. The three parts of the text are not evenly balanced; there are nine essays in part 1, five in part 2, and six in part