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April 3, 1996

Introduction to Clinical Ethics

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

JAMA. 1996;275(13):1032-1033. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530370070038

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Like seedlings after a spring rain, new books about clinical ethics abound. One of the newest, Introduction to Clinical Ethics, delivers competently on its titled promise. The authors are well-established ethicists and clinicians from the University of Virginia, and this book is a result of more than six years of their continually evolving interactive work in clinical settings and the classroom.

The specific goals of the book, as indicated in the preface, are to "engage readers in a case-based examination of three aspects of clinical ethics." They are the major ethical obligations of clinicians in each case; the most frequent ethical problems about which all clinicians need to be both informed and confident in practice; and the conceptual, institutional, and regional resources needed to address ethical issues.

After an introduction, which includes a detailed system for using a case method of ethical analysis, the second and largest section on clinical