Paul Lombardo on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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Subscribe to TWIHL here! Our guest this week is Paul A. Lombardo, Regents’ Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law at Georgia State University. Paul has written articles and books a wide array of topics in health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics. His books include: Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell (2008) and A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era (2011). From 2011-2016, he was  a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the ASBH.

We focused on two issues: eugenics and pcychometrics. Frank related some of Paul’s landmark work on genetic selection to current debates on polygenic scoring–including the Dalton Conley provocation “What if Tinder Showed Your IQ”? Frank also related Lombardo’s work on the psycograph to a symposium led by Amanda Pustilnik on pain measurement (including Frank’s post on algometry).  It’s a free-wheeling discussion marred only by the absence of Nic–the first time in history Terry was stopped from joining the pod. But don’t worry, he’ll be back for the next episode!

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at iTunes, listen at Stitcher Radio, Tunein and Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw