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What is ethics? In the more than 2 centuries since the 1803 publication of Medical Ethics by Thomas Percival,1 physicians, ethicists, and the public have grappled with bioethics’ positive and proscription boundaries. Percival appreciated the emerging dichotomy between the “study of professional ethics … [which] cannot fail to invigorate and enlarge your understanding … [and] the observance of the duties which they enjoin.”1(pviii-ix)
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