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Book and Media Reviews
October 18, 2006

Clinical Ethics

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(15):1905-1910. doi:10.1001/jama.296.15.1905-b

The introduction to the sixth edition of Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine informs the reader that “clinical ethics is a practical discipline” dealing with medical practice “embedded in a moral context.” The well-respected authors contend that clinical ethics can help resolve ethical disagreements in medical practice, and the growth of clinical ethics consultation certainly supports this contention. They intend their work for a broad audience, including students, clinicians, and any others who might serve on an institutional ethics committee, thus further enhancing the evolving discipline of clinical ethics.

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