Baruch Brody

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Baruch A. Brody (21 April 1943[1] – 30 May 2018)[2] was 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.[3] He was the Leon Jaworski Professor of biomedical ethics and former Director of the Center for Ethics, Medicine and Public Issues at The Baylor College of Medicine[4] and Andrew Mellow professor of Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Rice University.[5]

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 was a fellow of the Hastings Center.

He has been noted for his contributions to Jewish ethics, as one of a number of "professional bioethicists with medical training" who uses "Judaic resources and reasoning to illustrate and augment their arguments."[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 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. ^ Evory, Ann (November 15, 1978). Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Gale. ISBN 9780810300385 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Rice mourns Professor Emeritus Baruch Brody, former chair of Philosophy Dept".
  3. ^ Brody, Baruch. Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life: A Philosophical View, MIT Press, 1975
  4. ^ "Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy". Baylor College of Medicine.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Crane, J. (2013-03-19). Narratives and Jewish Bioethics. Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-02109-0.