Library Journal named Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System,by Hastings Center scholar Daniel Callahan, as one of top science and technology books of 2009. The citation notes that, “Science often reflects society's concerns, and a number of the top books of 2009 address two of the biggest headline-grabbing topics—climate change and health-care reform…Public health discussions run the gamut from a global tour of health systems (T.R. Reid's The Healing of America) to spiraling costs of medical technology (Daniel Callahan's Taming the Beloved Beast). These books are indispensable to the public dialog—and just plain good reads.”
Callahan’s book, which argues that a sustainable health care system must address spiraling health care costs due to technology, was one of three books selected in the Health Sciences category.
Also, an American Journal of Human Genetics reviewcalled Ethics and Newborn Genetic Screening: New Technologies, New Challenges “required reading for all those concerned with the evoltuion of infant screening and, more broadly, children’s health policy”. The volume is a collection of essays based on a Hastings Center project and edited by Center president Thomas Murray and former Center scholar Mary Ann Baily. Reviewer Fiona Alice Miller writes that the volume “brings together some of the best minds and clearest thinking on the issues at stake.”