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The Ciba symposium on Ethics in Medical Progress is helpful reading for any physician who has pondered the dilemma of stopping parenteral therapy in a dying cancer patient or who has tried to find treatment for a patient with end-stage kidney disease.
Although intentionally limited in scope to the ethics of organ transplantation, the book covers many interrelated subjects, such as euthanasia and the definition of death, and the reader is given a broad perspective on many current and future ethical problems in medicine that seem destined to challenge some of the basic tenets of our society.
The symposium consists of a series of short and very provocative papers followed by discussions by physicians, lawyers, and theologians. The discussions are well edited and to the point. Because of the international composition of the symposium, interesting differences in ethical and practical approaches to problems emerge. For example, it was of interest
Scribner BH. Ethics in Medical Progress: With Special Reference to Transplantation. JAMA. 1967;202(6):554. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130190160043