Edmund Pellegrino noted that contemporary medicine is to a large extent a North American product, and so too is the ethics that accompanies it. This was an accurate observation back in the 1980s when he said it. Even today bioethics is to a considerable extent informed by the seminal works of the Anglo-American model, at least seen from the United States. The dissemination of ideas from the Spanish-speaking world has been nearly invisible to the English-speaking world of bioethics, isolated by language and culture from intellectual currents abroad.
Pablo Rodríguez del Pozo, M.D., J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.
Joseph J. Fins, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of Medical Ethics at New York Presbyterian Hospital–Weill Cornell Center, New York, New York. He is also on the Adjunct Faculty of The Rockefeller University.