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Library of Bioethics and Medical Humanities Texts and Documents


Bioethics Related Journal Articles On-Line
Configurations, the official publication of the Society for Literature and Science, edited by Center member Jim Bono, has devoted a special issue to the UB Sesquicentennial Symposium, "Does the Body Matter?" It is available on-line to members of subscribing institutions to Project Muse only, (including UB): Does the Body Matter?
Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments - Final Report
Bioethics for Clinicians series in Canadian Medical Association Journal
The late Benjamin Freedman PhD, McGill University, made his new work on bioethics and Judaism, "Duty and Healing: Foundations of a Jewish Bioethic" available in its entirety exclusively on the World Wide Web.
The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law has produced a number of reports over the past several years. The latest is an extensive review of Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia. The full text of the report is available here courtesy of the New York State Department of Health Website.

Interim Principles of the Task Force on Genetic Testing of the NIH-DOE Working group on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Human Genome Research


Genome Symposia, in Risk, the official journal of RAPA, the Risk Assessment & Policy Association at Franklin Pierce Law Center


A wide variety of Bioethics Texts are found on the Medical College of Wisconsin Bioethics Online system. This includes "Case Consultation" by John La Puma & David Schiedermayer which is an on-line version of their guide to clinical ethics consultation. "Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies?" is a book written by Kenneth V. Iserson. "Help for the Living: Organ, Tissue and Whole Body Donation," the third chapter of this book is included in MCW Bioethics Texts. "Practical Ethics for Resident Physicians: A Short Reference Manual" by Charles Junkerman and David Schiedermayer is designed to be a quick reference for housestaff, originally written for use at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

U.S. National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects April 18, 1979
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A Model State Act to Authorize and Regulate Physician-Assisted Suicide
Harvard Journal of Legislation, volume 33, January 1996
(Charles H. Baron, Clyde Bergstresser, Dan W. Brock, Garrick F. Cole, Nancy S. Dorfman, Judith A. Johsnon, Lowell E. Schnipper, James Vorenberg, Sidney H. Wanzer)
Risk Management and End-of-life Care from Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions Inc.
Clifford Sharp has placed an extract of his forthcoming book, `The Origin and Evolution of Human Values` on the web. The book "examines how `values` arose, how they are unique for each and everyone, how each of us uses our personal `values` to assess and determine our personal interests and how we interact with others interests and values."
NEW! FDA: Protection of Human Subject; Informed Consent describes the recent changes in the requirements for informed consent in emergency research.
Law and Ethics for Doctors in Victoria was designed as a practical guide to significant ethical obligations and legal requirements which today accompany the practice of medicine in Australia (provided by Monash University). It includes an extensive overview of medical ethics theory and principle in the first section: "Ethical Principles and the Doctor."
Catholic Encyclicals related to bioethics include Pope John Paul II's 1995 Encyclical entitled "On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life," and the 1991 Enclyclical entitled "On Combatting Abortion and Euthanasia." The 1995 document is a very large work which utilizes hypertext extensively, particularly in the references. These are made available by American University.
The Genetic Privacy Act and Commentary by George J. Annas, Leonard H. Glantz, Patricia A. Roche, Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health. The Genetic Privacy Act and Commentary is also the Final Report of a project entitled "Guidelines for Protecting Privacy of Information Stored in Genetic Data Banks" which was funded by the Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of the Human Genome Project.
The Washington and Lee Law Review has published a symposium on John A. Robertson's Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies.

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This page was last updated 7/26/97.
Comments or Suggestions to Jack Freer jfreer@buffalo.edu