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Friday, December 14, 1934
aw review examines
ethics of medicine, law
By LXlchdle Kublk
DilSy J,'tiTiils.a &f Reporter
Aimed Et bridging the gap betwen legal
institutions End medical technology, the
current issue of the Nebraska Law Review
is devoted to articles on medicine, law
The review, published quarterly by the
UNL College of Law, Is written end edited
by professors and students.
Richard Duncan, associate professor of
law, said that because medical technol
ogy has advanced at such a rapid rate,
the law cant keep pace.
"The impact of medical technology on
our society has been startling," writes
Duncan in the review's dedication. "It is
threatening to outrun our ability to
respond through legal institutions to the
new questions raised by the new medicine.
Duncan said the court's decisions on
the issues of life and death will define
what kind of people we are and reflect
the humaneness of our society.
Among the topics covered in Volume
63, Number 4 of the Nebraska Law Review,
the-most recent, are:
Medical care for infants born with
severe disorders or birth defects.
Euthanasia and the terminally ill
Malpractice suits based on the imple
mentation of medical innovations with
potentially adverse effects.
What constitutes "medically neces
sary care" in awarding Medicaid benefits?
Physician responsibility in deaths
resulting from improper use of drugs.
Continued treatment of comatose or
Patrick Sullivan, 1934 Nebraska Law
Review editor in chief, said the review not
only attempts to fill the void for courts
and legislators, but also telh the general
public "what could happen to them in
certain medical situations."
The movement for patient's rights in
medical care increasingly has become
prominent, said Dr. Walter Friedlander,
of UNL's department of medical juris
prudence and humanities.
"The need to settle ethical issues with
legal means has become significant"
Friedlander said. "When society cant
agree, the decision is made in court"
Duncan said the courts often have little
time to think on big issues. The review
provides literature that helps lawmakers
with medical decisions, he said.
Friedlander said interest in medical
ethics has increased with changes in
social attitudes and technological
advancements during the last 15 years. ,
"We need to retool the laws to fit the
advancements," Duncan said.
Although the quarterly reviews deal
with general law subjects, members of the
Nebraska Law Review have decided to
devote one issue to medical jurisprudence
again next year, Duncan said.
Copies of the Nebraska Law Review are
available through the College of Law,
UNL 68583-0903. Single copies are $6 and
an annual subscription to the quarterly
publication is $18.
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