Interview | Bioethicist and presidential advisor Leon Kass wants to get back to basics about medical science's complexities
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/28/06, 12:00 am
Leon Kass did not appoint himself shepherd of the rocky hills of modern-day bioethics. He set out with a one-year leave of absence from his biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health to explore bioethics 35 years ago. The young physician-scientist never made it back to the lab.
Instead, his thoughts and writings about the nature of human dignity became guideposts for a nation struggling to answer the question: What does it mean to be human?