February 12, 1973

Some Things Medical Ethics Is Not

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Humanities, College of Medicine, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pa.

JAMA. 1973;223(7):787-789. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220070041010

Medical ethics has frequently been identified or coupled with other areas of study: history of medicine, family and community medicine, religion, counseling, and psychiatry. Such identifications are incorrect and are due to certain misconceptions. Aside from guiding those contemplating programs in medical ethics and alerting those already involved, the purpose of this article is to clear the ground for a positive definition and description of medical ethics.