July 1964

The Ethical Dilemma of Science.

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By A. V. Hill. Price, $7.50. Pp 395, with no illustrations. The Rockefeller Institute Press in association with the Oxford University Press. 417 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(1):171-172. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860070217046

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I am afraid the title of this delightful collection of essays will keep many people from reading The Ethical Dilemma of Science. Not only would they profit greatly by reading it, but it would be a delight for them. Instead of being a dry-as-dust rumination on ethics, morals, and the like, though it does deal with these problems soundly, sensibly and clearly, the bulk of this collection of essays, papers, and addresses gives a bird's eye view of the fascinating world of medical science over the last 50 years. The period spans two world wars and has witnessed a total revolution of science. Its tone is determined by its author, a brilliantly productive scientist who at the same time is a most human and humane person. One immediately senses this in his writing. His genial warmth should not suggest that he lacks, or fails to act on, strong convictions. But

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