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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

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Abstract

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

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