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April 25, 2001

EthicsResolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Bernard Lo, 2nd ed, 384 pp, paper, $39.95, ISBN 0-7817-2219-5, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(16):2134. doi:10.1001/jama.285.16.2134-JBK0425-2-1

The past decade has witnessed a notable increase in the numbers of books and articles devoted to the topic of clinical ethics, in both peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. Such attention emphasizes the growing interest in clinical ethics due to the many current economic and political forces that now distort and vitiate the classic doctor-patient relationship.

The profession of medicine has always been a moral enterprise. Now as never before, it becomes essential that the practicing physician and scientist reflect on the ethical perplexities that each encounters in his or her daily duties. Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Physicians is the second edition of one of the finest examples of clinical ethics guides. The author is Bernard Lo, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Program in Medical Ethics, University of California-San Francisco. His purpose, as stated in the first edition in 1995, was "to help clinicians resolve the mundane ethical issues in patient care, as well as the dilemmas that keep physicians awake at night." The second edition modifies and expands upon that goal.

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