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Special “Editor’s Choice” Issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics Now Online

by Brian D. Earp / (@briandavidearp)

On behalf of the Journal of Medical Ethics, I am excited to announce the publication of a special “Editor’s Choice” issue, now online at the journal website. In a rare turn for the journal, the entire issue made up of “Editor’s Choice” papers, with invited (peer-reviewed) papers from both up-and-coming and established scholars.

Editor-in-Chief Professor Julian Savulescu explains the significance of the issue: “Our self-imposed brief was to concentrate on excellent but less well-known scholars from a variety of perspectives, especially those who are young and up and coming, alongside some more established contributors.”

Although no particular topic assignment was given, Professor Savulescu remarks that “it is interesting that [the] contributions aggregate naturally around four perennial clusters: the concept of the good life, end of life, public health and new technologies (enhancement/selection).”

Here are some highlights from each contribution to the issue:

In “Prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis: contemporary practices in light of the past,” Ana S. Iltis discusses genetic selection in the context of modern eugenics. As Savulescu notes: “She gives five reasons to believe this is not significantly different from old style, discredited eugenics of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Indeed, she argues convincingly that social goals, ‘public health’ and cost-effectiveness remain important drivers of genetic screening and testing programmes.”

Then, in “The ethics of sexual reorientation: what should clinicians and researchers do?” Sean Aas and Candice Delmas take on an argument that Savulescu, along with Dr. Anders Sandberg of the University of Oxford as well as myself (Brian Earp), have advanced with respect to the ethics of sexual orientation “conversion” therapy.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.