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Books, Journals, New Media
December 1, 2004

Hospital Trustees

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(21):2661-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2665-a

This book is part of the Hastings Center Studies in Ethics series and is the result of collaboration between the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine. It does not review the basic principles of ethics, such as deontological or teleological theories. Instead, it is a practical guide for developing an enlightened perspective on ethical issues that are not always self evident.

The four principles of trusteeship, as delineated in the book, are fidelity to mission, service to patients, service to the community, and institutional stewardship. While the ethical thou-shalt-nots (eg, conflict of interest) are readily apparent, other ethical issues are more elusive. Some of these less obvious, more proactive, ethical exigencies include research involvement, commitment to palliative care, and education of peers, patients, and the public.

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