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Book Review
December 1998

Surgical Ethics

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edited by Laurence B. McCullough, James W. Jones, and Baruch A. Brody, 374 pp, ISBN 0-19-510347-5, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1998.


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Surg. 1998;133(12):1366. doi:

It should come as no surprise (or offense) to surgeons that there is a dearth of articles on ethical issues in major surgical journals. In contrast, major medical journals feature such articles frequently and prominently. A work on surgical ethics is not only timely but necessary.

At the outset, I will say that this book belongs in every medical library where surgical training programs exist, as well as in the library of every practicing surgeon—not only as a constant reminder of essential principles but as a well-thumbed and frequently read tome. The editors have garnered a distinguished collection of authors, often coupling chapter coauthors who are prominent in clinical surgery with authors equally distinguished in clinical ethics. The mix makes for a highly relevant and useful work that conveys authenticity and experience. Illustrative examples of common ethical dilemmas and challenges in surgical practice are liberally distributed throughout all chapters.

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