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Maxwell  Mehlman

Maxwell Mehlman

Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law
Professor of Bioethics,
Director the Law-Medicine Center CWRU School of Law 216.368.3983 (o)

Patient-Physician Relationship
Rights of Patients
Genetics, Ethics, and Law
Biomedical Enhancement
Quality Assurance & Malpractice
Health Reform
Military Bioethics

Maxwell Mehlman Biographical Sketch (PDF)

Maxwell J. Mehlman is Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Director of the Law-Medicine Center, CWRU School of Law, and Professor of Biomedical Ethics, CWRU School of Medicine.  He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1975, and holds two bachelors degrees, one from Reed College and one from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.  Prior to joining the CWRU faculty in 1984, Professor Mehlman practiced law with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in federal regulation of health care and medical technology.  He is the co-author of Access to the Genome: The Challenge to Equality; co-editor, with Tom Murray, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology; co-author of Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy, the first casebook on genetics and law, now in its third edition; author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society, published in 2003 by the Indiana University Press; and most recently, the author of The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement, published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.


In Process:
Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Human Evolution, (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming).

“Medical Practice Guidelines as Malpractice Safe Harbors: Delusion or Deceit?” (Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, forthcoming).

Genetics:  Ethics, Law and Society (with Andrews and Rothstein)(Thompson/West, third edition 2010).

The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement (Johns Hopkins University Press 2009).

Ethical and Legal Issues in Enhancement Research in Human Subjects, 20 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 30-45 (2011) (with Jessica Berg, Eric Juengst, and Eric Kodish).

“Modern Eugenics and the Law in A Century of Eugenics in America” 219-240 (Paul Lombardo ed. Indiana Univ. Press 2010).