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Book and Media Reviews
November 21, 2012

Intuition in Medicine: A Philosophical Defense of Clinical Reasoning

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry (emeritus), George Washington University, Washington, DC (

JAMA. 2012;308(19):2038. doi:10.1001/jama.308.19.2038-a

This book is monumental in the depth and breadth of its scholarship, but it is not for the faint of heart. It is written throughout in the arcane and specialized vocabulary of the professionally trained philosopher, which makes for difficult reading for anyone without a similar background. Its theme, however, is noble, contemporary across 2000 years of recorded history, and still capable of dominating the world's headlines. The book addresses what is involved in making good and ethical medical decisions.

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