author={Kristina Orfali and and Raymond Vries},
  journal={The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology},


What contributions have social science and the law made to the development of policy on bioethics?
The article turns to decisionmaking at the end of life, where far-reaching policies have been adopted, unconstrained by the lack of social science research, in order to explicate why policymaking in bioethics has favored abstract principles over empirical findings.
The Moral Organization of the Professions
Comparison of bioethical work in the US and France shows how pathways of professionalization are shaped by contingent cultural and historical factors, and suggests that the increasing prominence of the bioethical occupation is the result of both the professional desires of bioethicists and a concern for the public good.
An approach to evaluating the therapeutic misconception.
A report proposes a defi nition that does not refer to anything "therapeutic" and says that the therapeutic misconcep tion occurs when individuals fail to understand that they are under a therapeutic misconception.
Are we professionals? A critical look at the social role of bioethicists.
Over the past decade it has had remarkable growth and experienced increasing social legitimacy, and an interest in "empirical bioethics" has attracted scholars from medicine and the social sciences who are attracted to the branch of ethics.
The social sciences and the task of bioethics.
Bioethics, as a new subdiscipline, shares a similar mixed fate: it has become a popular subject in colleges and medical schools and a hit with the media, but there is a lingering uncertainty about its purpose and value.
Consent form readability in university-sponsored research.
Poor readability of consent forms probably occurs in all university-related research and it is recommended that IRBs require readability checks for research consent forms before researchers submit their proposals to an IRB.