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Bioethics in Law


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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

  1. 1.Department of Medical Humanities School of Medicine and School of LawSouthern Illinois UniversitySpringfield

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bioethics in Law
  • Authors Bethany Spielman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-58829-434-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59745-295-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 186
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

"Bioethics in Law helpfully collects judicial, opinions considering bioethics material, testimony, and briefs to explore the ways in which bioethics is entering U.S. courtrooms. … Spielman aims this book first at lawyers and bioethics but writes accessibly for a broader audience. The book will advance the conversation on the relationship between law and bioethics. … Bioethics in Law offers a treasure trove of information that cannot readily be found elsewhere shedding light on the complex interaction between bioethics and law." (Susan M. Wolf, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 46 (32), 2007)


"Bioethics in Law offers a treasure trove of information that cannot readily be found elsewhere, shedding light on the complex interaction between bioethics and law.  Spielman's pathbreaking research and thoughtful organization of the issues provide an important resource for those concerned about the confusion over the roles of bioethics and law." -The New England Journal of Medicine