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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Society's choices: social and ethical decision making in biomedicine / Ruth Ellen Bulger, Elizabeth Meyer Bobby, and Harvey V. Fineberg, editors; Committee on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Developments in Biomedicine, Division of Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Medical ethics. 2. Bioethics. I. Bulger, Ruth Ellen. II. Bobby, Elizabeth Meyer. III. Fineberg, Harvey V. IV. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Developments in Biomedicine.
Copyright 1995 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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