36 J.L. Med. & Ethics 1 (2008)

handle is hein.journals/medeth36 and id is 1 raw text is: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

THE JOURNAL OF
LAW9 MIEDICIINB
VOLUME 36:1 - SPRING 2008
EDITORIAL STAFF
EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Sandra H. Johnson, J.D., LL.M.
Ana Smith Iltis, Ph.D.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Benjamin W. Moulton, J.D.,
M.P.H.
EDITOR
Edward J. Hutchinson
ASSISTANT EDITOR
Courtney J. Mc Clellan
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF
LAW, MEDICINE & ETHICS
CONFERENCE DIRECTOR
Katie Kenney Johnson
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Margo G. Buege
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY
William E. O'Day
The Journal ofLaw, Medicine FJ Ethics
is owned and published by
the American Society of Law,
Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The views and opinions expressed
in the Journal are those of the authors
and do not necessarily represent
the views or opinions of the publisher
or the Journal's editorial staff.

uestions that arise from the study of bioethics have long
filled the pages of the Journal ofLaw, Medicine & Ethics.
WCQ     Bioethics as a field is multidisciplinary in nature, and is
thus a well-suited topic for a journal focused on bringing varied
scholarly interests together in the spirit of collaboration. Still, JLME
and its individual articles typically examine questions in bioethics
from a Western, and often American, perspective. That is fitting, of
course, as the Journal is published in the United States for a largely
Western audience. In this issue, however, we widen our perspective
to an international one as we present the symposium Religions and
Cultures of East and West: Perspectives on Bioethics, guest edited
by Robert M. Sade. The symposium explores the religions of Chris-
tianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the religions, value-systems,
practices, and cultures of China, Japan, and India, and finds great
diversity in the respective cultural approaches to common bioethics
questions. In particular, the authors of the individual articles focus
on the question of enhancement technology and how advances in
medicine and science can improve and prolong human life, but ask
at what cost these advances come both for the individual and for
each religion and culture. The responses to these technologies are at
the center of this symposium and make for very interesting reading.
This broad focus is also present in our independent articles.
Dayna Matthew, for instance, continues the line of cultural inves-
tigation by using social science as a prism to examine the role that
race and religion play in informed consent. A team of authors from
the National Institutes of Health, meanwhile, examines the educa-
tion medical students receive in bioethics, medical law, and related
subjects, and finds that the teaching they are given in these critical
fields may be lacking. Giles Scofield, finally, questions the methods,
means, and even the viability of medical ethics consultation in a
thought-provoking article.
Our columns further pursue interesting topics, including Mark
Rothstein's Currents in Contemporary Ethics, which examines of
the value of the proposed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination
Act (GINA), and Charity Scott's latest Teaching Health Law col-
umn, which focuses on the diverse experiences of adjunct professors
at our nation's law schools. Finally, we also present, along with the
regular issue, a supplementary issue of JLME, the first National
Summit on Public Health Legal Preparedness' the papers of a Cen-
ters for Disease Control and Prevention Summit held in Atlanta in
June of 2007. With this much to offer our readers this quarter, we
hope we have something here for everyone.
Ted Hutchinson
Editor
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