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April 17, 2002

Ancient EthicsMedical Ethics in the Ancient World

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


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by Paul Carrick, 266 pp, with illus, $60, ISBN 0-87840-848-7, paper, $27.50, ISBN 0-87840-849-5, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(15):2005-2006. doi:10.1001/jama.287.15.2005-JBK0417-3-1

Redefining one's moral attitudes in the modern world, as kaleidoscopic changes in medicine, biotechnology, and molecular biology unfold, is an arduous and ongoing responsibility. Paul Carrick, professor of philosophy at Gettysburg College, analyzes the background of our evolving idea of humanity. His book provides readers with precisely organized philosophical and historical insight into medical ethics in the 1500 years leading up to the common era, including the status and moral responsibilities of the physician, euthanasia, abortion, death and dying, and many other topics.

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