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May 10, 2000

Ethics and SocietyA Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture, and Identity

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


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JAMA. 2000;283(18):2452-2453. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2452-JBK0510-2-1

What remains to be said about ethical problems in medicine, asks Carl Elliott, if we dispense with moral theory? The answer, it turns out, is a great deal. Some of the most vexing ethical problems in medicine today are explored in this book, including the limits of drug treatment for depression, surgery for newborns with ambiguous genitalia, culpability of those with personality disorders, and depression and the capacity to consent to research. In his rich exploration of these topics, Elliott draws upon a broad range of sources: Wittgenstein's philosophy, Walker Percy's novels, Ross McElwee's films, and even the lyrics of Talking Heads.

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