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Literature and Medicine 20.1 (2001) 6
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At the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Salt Lake City last October, several editorial board members of Literature and Medicine attended the panel session titled "Elucidating Gods and Monsters: Using Literary and Religious Narratives to Frame Moral Conversation about the New Bioscience" and heard Roger Shattuck's presentation, which we are proud to present as a special feature of this issue. Although Professor Shattuck had not seen the call for papers for Science Fiction and the Future of Medicine, his comments that evening seemed to us to provide important literary background for this issue. He eloquently reminds us that Western literature has for centuries cautioned against the pursuit of "forbidden knowledge." As we turn our focus in this issue to the future, we should not forget the enduring wisdom of our literary and religious traditions.