Van Rensselaer Potter (1911-2001), the biochemist-oncologist of University of Wisconsin-Madison, was long been related to the invention of the term "bioethics". Even today, knowing that the German theologian Fritz Jahr (1895-1953) is to be credited for this invention, Potter's ideas do not lose on their importance, primarily for his opposition to a bioethics narrowed down onto biomedical issues. The book represents the first monograph on Potter's life and work worldwide, telling a fascinating story about a concerned top scientist and humanist.
Amir Muzur and Iva Rinčić teach at Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Studies of University of Rijeka, Croatia. Beside monographs on Jahr and Potter, they published two more books on the history of bioethics in Europe.