American Bioethics continues my exploration of the relationships between bioethics and law begun in Standard of Care: The Law of American Bioethics and continued in Some Choice: Law, Medicine, and the Market. As with these earlier works, I benefited greatly from conversations, debates, comments, and criticisms of my colleagues in the Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, most especially Leonard H. Glantz, Michael A. Grodin, Wendy K. Mariner, and Winnie Roche. We have been together for almost two decades, during which time we have together explored and crossed traditional academic boundaries, including those combined in our Department's new name and in this book. It has been terrific, and our Dean, Robert Meenan, has been a strong supporter of our work. I also greatly appreciate the consistent support of Jeffrey House of Oxford University Press for all three books.
Special thanks are due to Michael Grodin (again), with whom I founded Global Lawyers and Physicians, and with whom I have taught a course on “Human Rights and Health” for each of the past six years. Many of the ideas involving the new field of health and human rights grew out of