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Forensic scientists, as an integral part of the justice system, must move from merely relating their practices to the system to relating their practices to life—the quality life. Life's meaning has greatly changed since 1970 both at the birthing and the dying periods. Life's quality has no single definition. It can include goals to which we aspire or tasks that we must perform. Or, it can be concerned with an ordered preference of things we seek. It can also be determined by the “outcome” of our living or the “process” by which we live. Finally, quality, although it cannot be defined, can be felt. Should we not understand that the quality of life is to be recognized by the true worth of an individual and to be measured by the caring each of us has for our fellow beings as we practice our daily work in the justice system and live our daily lives in the whole human society?
Weatherhead professor of law and criminal justice, and director, The Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
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