Academic journal article Journal of Law and Health

Foreword

Academic journal article Journal of Law and Health

Foreword

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The law school published the inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Health in 1986. In Dean Robert Bogomolny's foreword, he characterized the new publication as a "forum for the vigorous discussion and debate of the legal and moral issues arising when law and medicine intersect." (1) Twenty-one years later, technological innovations, advances in science and research, the advent of new "miracle" drugs and skyrocketing medical costs often force doctors to weigh morally ambiguous options, while issues of patients' rights and doctors' responsibilities have made bioethics an indispensable component of health care. For the practice of medicine today is no longer simply a relationship between a doctor and a patient; it is an industry involving science, ethics, finance, politics, and competition for patients. And it is the stage on which law and medicine confront--and support--one another.

In short, the publication that first appeared in 1986 as the Journal of Law and Health elucidates issues that were not so complex two decades ago. We congratulate Dean Bogomolny and the Journal's first editors, James Edward Powell ('84) and Karen E. Rubin ('85), for their foresight.

Last year, the Journal inaugurated a lecture series with two addresses by Temple University Medical School Professor of Emergency Medicine, Joseph R. Lex, M.D. The series continues this year with a return visit by Dr. Lex and a lecture by Fordham University Professor of Law Deborah W. Denno.

In the newest volume, Volume 20, we celebrate another inauguration: the first online volume of the Journal. It is fitting that the Journal, which in 1986 was on the cutting edge of two emerging disciplines--bioethics and health care law--should now adapt itself to this contemporary format. I wish to thank the Journal's editors-in-chief, Austin McGuan ('07) and Anupriya Krishna ('07), for their hard work in completing the daunting task that began last year and the Journal's faculty advisors, Professor Barbara J. Tyler ('89)and Placement Director Jayne Hurst Geneva ('87) for their support of these enterprising students. David Dohnal ('07), the Journal's first electronic editor, surely deserves the law school's gratitude, and no one who has worked on the law school's two academic publications would fail to thank the Journal's editorial assistant, Ivana Batkovic. …

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