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Books, Journals, New Media
December 23/30, 1998

Surgical EthicsSurgical Ethics

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Laurence B. McCullough, James W. Jones, and Baruch A. Brody, 396 pp, $49.50, ISBN 0-19-510347-5, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(24):2128-2129. doi:10.1001/jama.280.24.2128-JBK1223-2-1

How does a conscientious, competent, ethical surgeon know what to tell a family when damaging mistakes have occurred . . . recognize being too old to operate safely . . . act as both a patient advocate and a "gatekeeper" . . . deal with an insurance company's denials of coverage that are unreasonable and unjustified or with inadequately reimbursed care . . . handle a colleague who acts out in the operating room . . . respond when another surgeon abuses the trust of a family by doing an operation that is not indicated? These are tough ethical questions.

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