A New Chapter for Ethics & Medicine Revisited

It is with great honor and sincere apologies from the editorial staff that I introduce the long-delayed Spring 2021 issue of Ethics & Medicine. This issue marks a new chapter in the nearly four-decade history of this journal. From its beginning in the 1980s and throughout the decades since, this journal has served as an important forum for the critical examination and discussion of bioethical issues at the intersection of science, medicine, and technology, guided by the Hippocratic practice of medicine and the wealth of the Judeo-Christian worldview. The journal quickly grew in the international scope of its engagement, as E&M developed partnerships over the first two decades with the Bioethics & Public Policy Centre, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, and the Lindeboom Insituut, as well as established a transatlantic editorial board.

A New Chapter for Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine will enter a new era of publication with the next issue, 36:3.
Founded almost four decades ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, the
journal is one of the longest running journals in the field. It has been my honor and
privilege to edit the journal for more than half of its existence. Both Nigel and I have
benefited in innumerable ways from our association with the members of the Editorial
Advisory Board and regular contributors to the journal. For those individuals, and
their enormous contributions, we are most grateful.

The new editor, I am happy to report, is the formidable Michael J. Sleasman,
PhD, Associate Professor of Bioethics and the Director of Bioethics Degree Program
at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University in Chicago, Illinois.

Medicine: Contract or Covenant?

In an increasingly consumerist culture—not to mention an increasingly litigious one—physicians and patients are tempted to view their relationship as purely contractual. To do so is not only a violation of the canons of good medicine but also ultimately dangerous. Think of a legitimate contractual agreement, like that of one and one’s plumber.