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June 9, 1993

AIDS and Ethics

JAMA. 1993;269(22):2906. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500220096036

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This is an excellent book—in fact, even the reviews printed on the dust jacket provide further wisdom. For instance, Freedman's statement that "[e]thics is the immune system of a humane society, and AIDS is challenging that immune system," sums up why this book is so important. In short, AIDS and Ethics will be of much wider interest than just to persons involved in issues raised by the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or ethical aspects of these issues.

AIDS and Ethics is a good combination of review of what are already well-known and important new insights. As such, it will be of use both to persons starting out in ethics and to those with considerable experience, including in relation to AIDS.

Reamer's chapter on the relevance of ethics to AIDS provides a good general framework for discussing ethics in health care in general and sounds some well-timed warnings about the promises and