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Closing Remarks – Jay Katz: From Adjunct to Core, 6 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 393 (2006)


What is left to say after this wonderful Symposium? A lot, actually. Taking the titles of the keynote presentations and extrapolating from them reveals what I mean.

The title of Robert Burt's presentation was "The Uses of Psychoanalysis in the Law: Illuminating Biomedical Ethics." Extrapolate this to: "Illuminating Medical Ethics." Jay has done this magnificently, not only through his knowledge of psychoanalysis, but through his extraordinary life experiences, some of which—like those of being a refugee, an immigrant, and an outsider—I share in part, but many of which are unique to him. Jay has also illuminated medical ethics through his exceptional understanding of law—in its fullest meaning, and of medicine, in its fullest meaning.

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