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November 16, 1994

Ethics Consultation: A Practical Guide

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati, Ohio

JAMA. 1994;272(19):1553-1554. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520190099050

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Ethics Consultation:  A Practical Guide is a short, sharply focused book, strongly oriented toward the physicianclinician as ethics consultant. The book is modest in scale, just over pocket-size and containing 128 pages of primary text, 74 additional pages of appendix with illustrative cases and their analyses, and a final 23 pages of briefly annotated references, including several as recent as 1993.The authors are forthright in declaring the purpose of the text at the outset. This is very much a "how to" book, operating at a fairly fundamental level. The text provides little of historical background, moral theory, or discussion of the development of ethical principles applied to the care of the patient. The authors explain their methods of consultation based upon extensive personal experience, emphasizing the skills that must be acquired and their application in the consultative process. They have included material infrequently found in such texts. Alternative modes

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