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.
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