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February 8, 1995

Ethics in Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Galveston


by Judith C. Ahronheim, Jonathan Moreno, and Connie Zuckerman, 394 pp, $45, ISBN 0-316-02048-6, Boston, Mass, Little, Brown & Co, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(6):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520300081046

Doing the right thing has never been so easy. Or, more correctly, helping people try to do the right thing has never been so popular. Certainly in the area of ethics in medicine, the last decade has seen a deluge of journals, texts, manuals, and newsletters offering us bearings for our moral compass, to try to make the best decisions for and with our patients.

But have we reached a saturation point, where newer general texts may not add significantly to this new educational process? I think not yet. Ethics in medicine continues to grow astonishingly, in both complexity and new subject matter, and increasing numbers of health professionals, and institutions, correctly perceive not only the virtue, but the necessity of this discipline.

Ethics in Clinical Practice, by Ahronheim, Moreno, and Zuckerman, is one of the new entries in this field. The authors, a physician, philosopher, and attorney, represent a

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