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December 18, 2002

EthicsEthics in Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

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


by Judith C. Ahronhein, Jonathan D. Moreno, and Connie Zuckerman, 2nd ed, 508 pp, $62, ISBN 0-8342-1075-4, Gaithersburg, Md, Aspen Publishers, 2000.

JAMA. 2002;288(23):3049-3050. doi:10.1001/jama.288.23.3049-JBK1218-2-1

This first of this book's two sections is an introduction and provisional overview of ethics in clinical practice. Six chapters cover areas such as definition, theory, standard assessment, and strategy. Deontology (a duty to act in certain ways) and utilitarianism (greatest good for the greatest number of people) dominate the theories of clinical ethics. Self-determination (autonomy), beneficence (conferring benefits), and justice (allocating resources) are the primary elements of clinical ethics.

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