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Baruch Brody

Baruch A. Brody (born 1943) is an American bioethicist who was among the first scholars in the field of applied ethics to write about abortion in the era following Roe v. Wade.[1] He is Leon Jaworski professor of biomedical ethics and former Director of the Center for Ethics, Medicine and Public Issues at The Baylor College of Medicine[2] and Andrew Mellow professor of Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Rice University.[3]

Brody received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1962 and his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1967. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001 and is a fellow of the Hastings Center.

Selected publications

  • Identity and Essence (Princeton, 1980).
  • Life and Death Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Ethical Issues in Drug Testing Approval and Pricing (Oxford University Press, 1994)
  • The Ethics of Biomedical Research (Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • Taking Issue (Georgetown, 2005)


  1. Brody, Baruch. Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life: A Philosophical View, MIT Press, 1975

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