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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Monsen Kunze, MBA,MA, PhD (ABD(Medical College of Wisconsin Health Policy Institute)
Description: This compelling book about human rights in medicine gives an international view of the growing corruption driven by the enormous economic gains to be gotten from many disciplines in medicine today.
Purpose: The authors take a straight and narrow approach to the doubtful benefit of utilitarian solutions to very complicated issues, particuarly in AIDS research and transplants. The book clearly lays out the challenges facing healthcare professionals relating to human rights.
Audience: The very credible authors clearly write to a number of audiences. Medical societies, IRBs, and hospital administrators as well as physicians and trainees would benefit from reading this worthwhile work.
Features: The chapter titled "The Shame of Medical Research" is especially intriguing. The author's point of view is clearly discussed. It is interesting to read another view put forth very dramatically by the dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Bloom. The presentation is balanced and fair, leading readers to form their own thoughts on these important bioethical issues.
Assessment: It is unusual for a book that is basically academic in nature to be a page-turner, but this one is. I am sure my colleagues will enjoy reading this fine contribution to the ethical literature.