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Book and Media Reviews
August 24/31, 2011

The Philosophy and Practice of Medicine and Bioethics: A Naturalistic/Humanistic Approach

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor (arbmph@umich.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(8):882. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1213

New publications on the foundations of bioethics have proliferated during the past few years, suggesting that the saturation point for commentary on this topic could soon be reached. However, The Philosophy and Practice of Medicine and Bioethics: A Naturalistic/Humanistic Approach shows that a good deal more may be said.

The book is the work of Barbara Maier and Warren Shibles, both noted ethics scholars. Maier is an academic physician, teacher, scholar, and philosopher. Shibles, who died in 2007, was the author of 27 books and 180 professional journal articles; his scholarly focus was in ethics, aesthetics, language, metaphor, and humor.

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