David Rothman is director of the Center for the Study of Science and Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He specializes in social medicine and the history of medicine. He has also written extensively on the ethics of human experimentation; in the New York Review of Books, he has addressed such issues as how AIDS came to infect Romanian orphans, the ethics of research in third-world countries, and how trafficking in organs for transplantation has become worldwide phenomena. His published works include The Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic (1971, 1990); Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and Its Alternatives in Progressive America (1980), The Willowbrook Wars (1984), Strangers at the Bedside: A History of How Law and Bioethics Transformed Medical Decision-making (1991), and Beginnings Count: The Technological Imperative in American Health Care (1997). He recently co-authored his newest book with Sheila Rothman The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement.