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This publication germinated from a perceived need for a journal aimed at front-line health care providers that applies medical ethics to clinical practice. In the inaugural issue the editor-in-chief, a physician-lawyer, stated two goals: to provide state-of-the-art information to clinicians and to advance the field. The journal pursues these goals by publishing up-to-date reviews, case reports and analyses, research reports, discussions of ethical theory as it relates to practice, discussions of recent legal events and trends, editorials, and letters. These components are organized under separate section headings in the table of contents, giving a user-friendly format. To meet the goal of "advancing the field," articles frequently are accompanied by several commentaries critiquing the authors' arguments and positions from various perspectives. Several special sections have appeared containing multiple articles and commentaries on a focused topic. The journal is peer reviewed and included in Index Medicus and MEDLINE.
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