Bioethics in Law

  • Bethany J. Spielman

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About this book


The idea for Bioethics in Law began more than a decade ago, while I was studying social science and law. I was parti- larly interested in the collaborations that comprised social s- ence in law. Economic and social data in the pioneering Brandeis brief had been used to defend an early 20th-century labor law; surveys of consumer confusion had helped resolve trademark - fringement cases; psychologists’ predictions of future violence had informed capital sentencing decisions. Additionally, Kenneth Clark’s “doll studies,” cited by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, had helped change the course of American 1 history. During that time, however, I was most intensely interested in bioethics, a relatively young field whose relationships to law had not been well analyzed. I wondered whether there could or should be a bioethics in law, because bioethics, unlike the social sciences, was not only in its infancy, but also had distinctly normative features, which might not mesh easily with law’s own normativity.


Bioethical considerations Bioethics amicus curiae Ethical Issues Health Care Ethics Health care committee recommendations Judicial reasoning bioethics ethics health

Authors and affiliations

  • Bethany J. Spielman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Humanities School of Medicine and School of LawSouthern Illinois UniversitySpringfield

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  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-58829-434-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59745-295-3
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