February 1968

Ethical Responsibility in Medicine.

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Edited by Vincent Edmunds, MD. FRCP. and Gordon Scorer, MD, FRCS. Price, $8. Pp 208, with illustrations. E & S Livingstone, Ltd (London), and distributed in the USA by The Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):199-200. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020087030

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It is not really possible to judge the value of ethical statements or discuss the merit of books on ethical responsibilities because behavior cannot be categorized as good or bad by observing evidence. Ethical opinions seem to spring from some mixture of instinct, emotion and local custom, modified a little by teaching, though often in opposition to what is taught.

This book gives the views of a collection of men who believe "that Christian ethics and the application of Christian principles offer the most reliable and convincing guidance in the changing responsibility of this exciting age." They include in their credentials "that all have this in common, that they are interested in Man as a living reasoning person." This is a very proper attitude, but is there anybody who isn't?

"We are sailing uncharted seas," write the editors, "and we need some fixed points by which to navigate." Admittedly it

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