[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
March 12, 1955

Morals and Medicine. The Moral Problems of: The Patient's Right to Know the Truth, Contraception, Artificial Insemination, Sterilization, Euthanasia

JAMA. 1955;157(11):974-975. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280098039

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


That this book is less broad in scope than is suggested by its title is best indicated by the following excerpt from the foreword: "Suppose a man, while committing a murder, breaks a leg but escapes immediate capture and applies to a doctor for relief? Should the doctor treat him?... If an isolated doctor has ten patients, with enough serum to save five lives, which five lives shall he save? Or shall he run the risk of saving none by dividing it equally among them all? These are not the questions in medical ethics with which Dr. Fletcher deals in this book, but they hint at the recurring problem of loyalty which arises over and over in the life of every practicing physician." Dr. Fletcher, professor of pastoral theology and Christian ethics at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., limits his discussion to the moral aspects of four procedures

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview