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Book and Media Reviews
February 14, 2007

Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(6):644-648. doi:10.1001/jama.297.6.645

Despite philosophy's mass migration into the field of bioethics, few physicians and even fewer surgeons view philosophy as a panacea for the moral dilemmas that sometimes afflict medical practice. Philosophical analysis often falls awry of the clinical mark—too abstract to guide practical decisions, too laden with confusing distinctions to effect clarity, or too focused on intangible motives to provide workable guidelines. The aptly titled Cutting to the Core, edited by David Benatar of the University of Cape Town, is a welcome departure from these discouraging trends.

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